Nearly one-third of California's population wants the Golden State to formally break away from the United States.

According to Reuters, many of the respondents that signaled their support for the move cited the inauguration of President Trump as reason to strike out on their own.

One Sacramento man told Reuters he "tended to support" seceding from the other 49 states, but told Reuters he doesn't think it will actually happen.


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Many liberal Californians took issue during the campaign with Trump's rhetoric about "extreme vetting", ObamaCare repeal and comments caught on a ten-year-old tape that referenced groping women.

A petition on Change.org is also urging Gov. E. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) to move forward with the break.

Conversely, a collection of conservative northern Californians have for years advocated creating a "51st State" called "Jefferson", in response to the decidedly progressive ideology popular in the south and along the coast.

California is not the only state where secessionism has been discussed:

In 1993, a vote was held to decide whether the more conservative borough of Staten Island should secede from New York City, and discussions about attempting another vote continue to this day.

Some residents of that state's "southern tier", upset with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) natural gas fracking ban and the Empire State's tax burden among other issues, have rallied recently to try to join neighboring Pennsylvania.


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