Gallup: 64% of Americans Oppose D.C. Statehood

Michael W. Chapman | July 18, 2019 | 11:11am EDT
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( -- Although D.C. residents and some hard left politicos support making the District of Columbia the 51st state, a strong majority of Americans (64%) oppose the idea of D.C. statehood, reported the survey firm Gallup. 

In its June 19-30 survey, Gallup asked, "Would you favor or oppose making Washington, D.C., a separate state?" 

Twenty-nine percent said they favored the idea and 64% said they opposed it. Eight percent had "no opinion."

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a left-wing Democrat, has introduced a bill to make D.C. a state. Next week, the House Committee on Oversight and reform is scheduled to hold a hearing on D.C. statehood. 

"For 218 years, residents of the District of Columbia have lived in our country as American citizens without equal representation or equal self-government,” said Norton. “I am particularly grateful to Chairman Cummings for his leadership in pressing forward with the necessary hearing on our D.C. statehood bill to enable our bill to go to the House floor."

"Even if successful in the House, the bill has little chance of being considered by the Republican-led Senate," said Gallup. 

The polling firm further reported, "No major subgroups of Americans voice support for D.C. statehood. However, support is higher among left-leaning political groups than right-leaning ones."


"Self-described liberals (40%) and Democrats (39%) are among the groups showing higher support," reported Gallup. "Republicans (15%) and conservatives (14%) are among the subgroups least supportive. Thirty percent of independents approve of making D.C. a separate state."

In conclusion, Gallup said. "Americans have consistently opposed D.C. statehood in polling over the past three decades. The issue has become politicized, given that adding D.C. as a state would practically guarantee increased Democratic representation in Congress. As such, a D.C. statehood proposal is unlikely to pass unless there were a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate and a Democratic president."

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