If Texas were divided into five states instead of being the current one state, would a citizen be more or less satisfied with the new  5 state arrangement than  with the present single-state arrangement? If Texas were divided into five states instead of being the current one state, would a citizen be more or less satisfied with the new  5 state arrangement than  with the present single-state arrangement?

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As a Texan I would be in favor of splitting up the state.  State pride is the only real reason not to, which is abundant in Texas.  With that being said, the political needs of the people would be better represented if divided into 5 states.  You would see 8 extra Senators and a few new Representatives to fight for the interests of the state.  In addition, many issues important to West Texas are often overlooked because the political representation is so skewed to the metro areas of Dallas and Houston.

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Texas is a large state, but is not densely populated. I don't see a need to divide it into smaller states. It seems to be doing well enough. Adding so many new states would also interrupt the other states, and change the interaction of the rest of the states. I don't think the citizens would benefit.
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I can answer the question as a member of the 50 states and an observer of political change.  In my opinion, Texas would oppose any attempt to split up its present formation.  If you look at American history, the eastern original colonies were influenced by English rule.  If you look at Texas history, this territory was under Spanish or Mexican influence.  In laws, customs, and traditions, huge differences exist between English and Mexican/Spanish influence. If Texas would be split up, it would lose much of its influence as one of the largest states with a large population. I've never seen any state or group willingly give up power, so I think a citizen would be happier keeping the present arrangement.

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