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Rasmussen Poll: 43 Percent of Dems Feel President Can Ignore Courts

By    |   Friday, 20 Feb 2015 07:34 PM

Most Americans think the president shouldn't be able to ignore the courts – but nearly half of Democrats disagree, a new poll shows.

The Rasmussen Reports survey finds 60 percent believe the commander in chief shouldn't be able to ignore federal court decisions, with just 26 percent disagreeing.

"But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances," the report notes, is that 43 percent of Democrats believe the president ought to be able to ignore the courts if he believes it's important for the country.

The report finds 35 percent of Democrats disagree with that view, compared with 81 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents.

Overall, the survey finds, 52 percent of all voters believe court challenges of presidential or congressional actions help protect the rights of citizens, while 30 percent think the legal challenges stand in the way of good policy.

Fifty-nine percent think checks and balances are more important than government efficiency; 31 percent disagree.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Republicans have blasted President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. And a July Rasmussen survey found many Americans agree, finding 44 percent of voters think Obama has been less faithful to the Constitution than most other presidents.

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