(COVINGTON, La.) — The “Yes California” campaign continues to gain momentum in the state of California. Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, support for California’s independence has surged to one in three Californians, according to a recent Reuters Poll.
“California can secede if they want to,” Civics Honors teacher Paul Scoriels said. “It’s a notion or movement brought out of the Brexit.”
The campaign in California is also called Calexit, named after the Brexit. The Brexit was named as a result for the overwhelming popularity for Britain to leave the European Union.
“What people don’t understand is our system,” Scoriels said, “just because they’re upset about an election, it doesn’t work like that.”
Many residents in California are unhappy with the results of the election. In the state of California, Hillary Clinton received 8.75 million votes versus Trump’s 4.48 million votes.
The “Yes California” campaign, which was named after “Yes Scotland,” was started by Louis J. Marinelli, and Marcus Ruiz Evans.
California has a long history of voting more liberal, and that’s one of the reasons it’s looking to secede, along with the state being more progressive than the rest of the country according to the secession campaign co-founder Marinelli, a New Yorker.
“I want California to be all it can,” Marinelli said in an interview with the LA times, “and our group feels the political and cultural connection to the U.S. is holding us back from our potential.”
California has the sixth largest economy in the world and has a population larger than Poland.
Although support for the cause has surged, many California natives continue to oppose the idea, according to two surveys, Hoover/Stanford, and SurveyUSA.
The campaign needs 585,407 signatures in order to appear on the ballot for 2018. However, many critics believe that if the proposal receives enough votes and goes to congress, they will ultimately shoot it down as well as other states voting against it.