- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2015


Likely Americans voters are warming to the idea that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. A third of likely U.S. voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday.

There’s a partisan divide: 50 percent of GOP voters now believe states should have the right to ignore the federal court rulings, compared to 22 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of unaffiliated voters.

“Interestingly, this represents a noticeable rise in support among all three groups,” the poll stated.

Fifty percent of conservative voters share this view, compared to 27 percent of moderates and 15 percent of liberals agree.

“Perhaps even more disturbing is that the voters who feel strongest about overriding the federal courts - Republicans and conservatives - are those who traditionally have been the most supportive of the Constitution and separation of powers. During the Obama years, however, these voters have become increasingly suspicious and even hostile toward the federal government,” the poll states.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on June 30-July 1.

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