This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
CULLMAN, Ala. ??? Take a hike, Golden State. Hit the door, Empire State. Lone Star State, yes, even you. We???ll need you to go form your own government, but you should be used to that by now.
A Fox News poll conducted jointly by Democratic and Republican polling firms, with a fairly even mix of the red and the blue, found that California would seem to be the least-liked state. Fifty-three percent of respondents who said they wanted to boot out a state said they would kick California out of the union if they could.
New York was second with 25 percent, followed by Texas with 20 percent and Florida with 11 percent.
The 1,049 registered voters in the poll about secession conducted Sept. 28-30 were allowed to pick multiple states to boot out of the United States.
Only 9 percent said they???d vote to secede, but 17 percent wanted to kick other states out of the country.
Why was California the top choice? Well, let???s see. Could it be this nanny state???s recent ban on plastic bags? Or might it be Gov. Jerry Brown???s willingness to let the sky be filled with drones and their ever-spying cameras? Perhaps it???s the state???s eagerness to side with political correctness over free speech.
The vote was highly partisan. For example, only 9 percent of Democratic voters wanted to boot California, while 77 percent of Republicans did. A state like Alabama got no mentions by Republicans and 5 percent of the votes of Democrats.
Other states are more beloved ??? or perhaps simply forgotten about. Those receiving no votes included Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.