In what Rasmussen is calling a "disturbing" trend, support for the states "turn[ing] their backs on the federal courts" has increased in the last few months.Rasmussen's new survey found that now a third (33%) of likely U.S. voters support the rights of states to ignore federal court rulings, a 9-point increase from February. The number opposing states' rights to override the federal courts fell by six points to 52 percent, while 15 percent remain undecided.
Rasmussen declares that what is "even more disturbing" about the findings is that those who support the states are Republicans and conservatives, those who "traditionally have been the most supportive of the Constitution and the separation of powers." During the Obama presidency, Rasmussen says ominously, "these voters have become increasingly suspicious and even hostile toward the federal government."
A breakdown of the findings:
Fifty percent (50%) of GOP voters now believe states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings, compared to just 22% of Democrats and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Interestingly, this represents a noticeable rise in support among all three groups.
Fifty percent (50%) of conservative voters share this view, but just 27% of moderates and 15% of liberals agree.
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