WaPo poll: 52% support Obama using executive orders to bypass Congress on his legislative goals

posted at 4:41 pm on January 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

A little hors d’oeuvre to whet your appetite for tomorrow night’s “do what I want or I’ll do it myself” threat to Congress. Lefty Greg Sargent is crowing that this poll result proves that GOP accusations of “tyranny” in O’s uses and abuses of executive power are doomed to go nowhere politically. It’s hard to convince the public that the president’s a tyrant, after all, when 52 percent think he’s justified in acting as he has. Er, okay, but we live in interesting times if a pattern of dubious presidential action can be blithely dismissed with “well, the public’s not too upset about it.” Is it tyrannical or isn’t it? The answer doesn’t depend on polling.

But don’t take a conservative’s word for it:

“It’s really the character of the actions, and their subject,” says Jonathan Turley, a constitutional scholar at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “In my view, Obama has surpassed George W. Bush in the level of circumvention of Congress and the assertion of excessive presidential power. I don’t think it’s a close question.”…

“President Obama meets every definition of an imperial presidency,” says Turley, who notes that he voted for Obama. “He is the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”

[W]hen he was asked directly about the delayed employer mandate in a New York Times interview last July, Obama didn’t argue for the legality of his moves or raise the precedent of the rollout of Bush’s drug plan. Instead, he lashed out at his critics.

“There’s not an action that I take you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority,” Obama said. “Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

Another law prof interviewed for the piece quoted above was astounded that Obama would defend his executive actions in such personal terms, without even the pretense of a legal justification. And yet, like Sargent says, the public approves, which apparently is the end of the matter.

Question, though: Does it approve? There are two problems with polling executive authority: An intelligent answer requires a handle on basic civics, which is a tall order for some low-information voters, and the question itself risks eliding the difference between proper and improper uses of that authority. E.g., WaPo’s question was worded this way: “Presidents have the power in some cases to bypass Congress and take action by executive order to accomplish their administration’s goals. Is this approach something you [favor or oppose]?” You could ask a similar question about Congress this way: “Some critics say Congress should do more to assert its power over war. Do you agree or disagree?” If that question is asked in the context of a national debate over whether Congress should have the sole power to declare war rather than look the other way at presidentially ordered “interventions,” then agreeing is defensible. If instead the context is a national debate over whether Congress should have the power to command troops in the field, then agreement is not so defensible. But if your civics education is thin and you’re unaware of the specific policy context in which such a vague question is asked, there’s no telling how you’ll process a question like that. In fact, WaPo’s question is especially problematic in that it’s … not actually a question. They assert that presidents do have the power to bypass Congress and then simply ask whether that power should be exercised. Rephrase it to note that some legal scholars think Obama’s gone rogue to a degree that would shame Nixon and see what they think then.

Go fogure that when a “question” remains as broadly open to interpretation as this one, voters fall back on partisanship:

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Naturally it’s the liberals, the most zealously anti-Bush partisans of the last decade, who sneered at Dubya for acting like “King George” with his assertions of executive power, who are deepest in the tank for King Barack. The other traditional elements of Obama’s base are also in the tank, of course. Pay special attention to the second graph:

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If my theory is right that you need some foundation in basic civics to make a reasoned judgment on separation of powers and legislating in a democracy, we should probably see support for O’s power grabs decline as educational levels increase. We don’t. Of the four demographics here, postgrads are the second-most likely to say that Obama can “bypass” Congress. I think they know better; they certainly would if President Romney was suspending mandates and moving statutory deadlines willy nilly. They’re just mostly lefty hacks who hate that the Republican House won’t rubber-stamp Obama’s agenda, so they feel obliged to rubber-stamp his power grabs instead. Why we should celebrate that there’s enough of them to form a slim overall majority on this question, I have no idea. But yes, it may well be true that the GOP’s “tyranny” charges are a dead end politically — simply because there are too many people who don’t care if they’re true or not.


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We are screwed…

OmahaConservative on January 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

It will come to bloodshed because of this arrogant tool.

HomeoftheBrave on January 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

only works depending on who is in office.

RonK on January 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Republicans need to support Obama’s efforts to bypass Republicans or else those 52% won’t ever vote Republican!

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Yes! Troll-bait!

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hmmm…more evidence college doesn’t necessarily make you smarter.

Also pretty funny how it was broken down by three ideologies:

liberal democrat, moderate-conservative democrat, and conservative Republican.

Really? All Republicans are conservatives yet there’s a large segment (ostensibly ~50% of total Democrats) of moderate or conservative Democrats?

Apparently they think so.

levi on January 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Only the Washington Post or NY Times would pose such a loaded and biased question.

Lets present a questions by “saying its OK if he does it – so can he?”

How about “Presidents are restricted by our Constitution from circumventing the Senate- its called separation of powers. Should he still do what he wants?

I am curios why they chose the other set up context.

Bensonofben on January 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Ditch Digger?

Bmore on January 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Slave?

Bmore on January 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And they called Bush the “Chimperor.”

Murphy9 on January 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Try this poll. Obama has unilaterally ordered numerous changes and delays to the Obamacare law which he has no Constitutional or written authority to do so. Do you support or oppose these actions?

I imagine the percentage expressing support will fall way short of 52% if you ask it that way. Sure, the partisan hacks and low information morons will still back Obama in droves, but they constitute a minority of the electorate.

Doughboy on January 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Ever go out and talk to the man on the street? Don’t do it unless you are a glutton for depression.

rik on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Yeah, so this is encouragement for the Prez to list off the executive actions he will take unilaterally tomorrow night. And as he recites each one, then pauses to a standing ovation, how many will be applauding? This I gotta see. Applauding unconstitutional action. Probably those who do not need to get re-elected this fall.

jake49 on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Hmm a WaPo poll? Yeah right. I believe in the tooth fairy too.

Harbingeing on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

No worries, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner…………….or sumptin.

d1carter on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Gleeful WaPo Democrats squeal their approval of O’bama nullifying Congress…

…..On the home stretch leg of his double terms of office, Mr. Obama opened the flood gates of his agenda to sign into law (by way of executive order) many items on the Liberal “wish list”.

To this I say… HOORAY…

Move the nation forward Mr. Obama.

If President Obama is upsetting right wingers, he must be doing something right

When Bill Clinton was President he bypassed Congress as often as he could by the use of regulations and Executive Orders. Republicans screamed bloody murder. Guess what? Clinton left the White House with the highest approval ratings of any President since the Second World War.

(He also left his successor the deadliest attacks on American soil in history).

“IT BURNS!”

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Go fogure that when a “question” remains as broadly open to interpretation as this one, voters fall back on partisanship:

Yeah, the details of the fiat are important. VA’s Dem AG decided that 900 votes was enough for him to ignore the rule of law and declare that the Commonwealth would henceforth and forever support sodomite relationships as legitimate marriage. That’s backfiring bigtime.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Is it tyrannical or isn’t it? The answer doesn’t depend on polling.

AMEN!!! AP speaking truth to power!

KS Rex on January 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

No worries, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner…………….or sumptin.

d1carter on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Well, of those choices, I’m going with sumptin.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

No surprise, the new majority is the LIV…simply how far and how quick this country has fallen…United States of Morons.

hillsoftx on January 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Says all it needs to say about “postgrads” just a bunch of spoiled brats still expecting everyone to think what they think or be forced.

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

52% you say …

Gee, how many support forcibly removing this socialist totalitarian from office? I want to see the reults of that poll.

M240H on January 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I noticed the word “always” does not appear as a modifier to the potential responses.

The poll question is weak.

dpduq on January 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

forest on January 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

yes, precisely…

dpduq on January 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

WaPo poll: 52% support Obama presidents using executive orders in some cases to bypass Congress on his legislative Goals

forest on January 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Free Phones…Free Food…Free Pot ….Hey it worked for the Caesars! – Obama

workingclass artist on January 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Wasn’t that whole separation of powers thing supposed to keep would be dictators like Hussein in check? Sounds like I need to work on my comprehension skills.

antipc on January 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Why do we treat WaPo/ABC polls with the same veraxity we treat Quinn, Rasmussen,or Gallup? Run that poll at Nat Review with FOX viewers and see how it looks.

Recon5 on January 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Presidents have the power in some cases to bypass Congress and take action by executive order to accomplish their administration’s goals. Is this approach something you [favor or oppose]?”

The question is poorly worded and as such invalidates the results as meaningful.

I guarantee most of the respondents don’t know what an executive order is, and likely even that we are talking about a specific action not something general.

Now I would like to see polling that is more specific. Something like,

“In recent years the president has claimed the authority to change laws passed by congress without congress’s approval. In the constitution the president does not have such a power. Do you support the president’s claim to be able to overrule congress?”

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

IT BURNS!

Trolls, HELP!!!

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

“President Obama meets every definition of an imperial presidency,” says Turley, who notes that he voted for Obama. “He is the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”…

Huh. I think a certain loud-mouthed HotAir commenter made this analogy a few days ago. (Me)

“There’s not an action that I take you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority,” Obama said. “Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

What a clown/jackass Obama is. He doesn’t even understand the word he is using. You don’t usurp your authority…you usurp someone else’s.

Jaibones on January 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Hmm a WaPo poll? Yeah right. I believe in the tooth fairy too.

Harbingeing on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Poll sample breakdown, from the link (you have to do some searching to find the pdf).

32% Democrats
25% Republicans
37% Independents

It’s the oversample of Democrats that puts this WaPo Push-Poll over the 50% mark, because the Independents are split 49-49 on the issue. They released all of the “poll” results first, but held this last little nugget (the poll sample) until after the story had gained legs. Dr. Goebbels would approve.

“Mission Accomplished!”

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Some quality music whilst the leftists assemlbe for this thread.

Vintage Tom Petty….the second one being one of his “Duets”
with Stevie…yeah, he wasn’t into that, he was truly a Fool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMyCa35_mOg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WrUIDJfH0s

ToddPA on January 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

This country is doomed. It will take a miracle to survive these Democrats and liberal media in charge. Throw in RINOs for agreeing with them and unwilling to defend the Constitution.

The answer doesn’t depend on polling.

No, it doesn’t. But we’re dealing with hyper-partisan Communist hacks, so only party affiliation matters.

conservative pilgrim on January 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Yes, 52% of the 30% that still blindly follow Obozo like he’s their messiah.

But as long as the feckless, spineless GOPe won’t take steps to impeach him, he can basically do whatever the frack he wants. He knows it, the GOP knows it, you know it and I know it.

Meople on January 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

BS!

jukin3 on January 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

But yes, it may well be true that the GOP’s “tyranny” charges are a dead end politically — simply because there are too many people who don’t care if they’re true or not.

Best sentence is always last. This is why our country is going downhill. Our ideas are good, it’s that the majority of people don’t like them or us. People get the leaders they deserve, and it shows you how far gone the American public really is.

IR-MN on January 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

That wording only asks if you support Executive Orders, period.

It starts out “Presidents have the power” so it implies he is not exceeding or abusing that power in the premise.

Heck, I support the power of the Presidents to issue EOs. I only oppose them using EOs abusively – or “amending” legislation by decree or announcement without even bothering with an EO.

But that is NOT what the WaPo question asks.

As usual, Greg Sargent is lying leftist filth.

Adjoran on January 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Isn’t the wording of this poll, somewhat leading?

“Presidents, in some cases, have the power to bypass congress by executive order to achieve their administrations goals.”

Do you support? Yes/No

Uh, yes, under some cases Presidents have this power. That isn’t the question at hand though, so asking it that way isn’t going to get an un-skewed result. I mean, if I was asked that I’d be forced to write, “yes,” as well, because it’s a technically accurate statement. That doesn’t mean I support what the Obama administration is doing.

Using executive order, to change how the executive branch operates, is permissible, so long as it’s behavior is within the scope of laws passed through the legislature.

Using executive order to enact changes OUTSIDE the executive branches internal operation however, isn’t within Presidentia powers. Nor can Presidents use executive orders to directly contradict laws that have been passed.

WolvenOne on January 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

But as long as the feckless, spineless GOPe won’t take steps to impeach him, he can basically do whatever the frack he wants. He knows it, the GOP knows it, you know it and I know it.

I understand why they are afraid to impeach Obama, but they won’t even try lessor steps.

For example, throw something in the budget that the sets the budget for the White House travel budget is $0 as long as their is a cabinet official in contempt of congress and see what Obama does with Holder…

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I have to think this is in response to leading questions; no one, not even liberals, wants there to be an imperial presidency.

Tater Salad on January 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

For the LIV – that question – “Presidents have the power in some cases to bypass congress and take action by executive order to acomplish their administrations goal. Is this approach something you …” is long, vague and choppy.

The key bit is “in some cases”. The first thing a LIV** will think is “there must be extreme cases were this is necessary.” It takes energy and time to think through this slippery slope And the LIV might not even associate current events with this question.
**Not to disparage LIV. Not everyone has the time to geekout on politics.

How about we see the poll that asks “Should President Obama be allowed to by-pass congress and legalize illegal aliens?” Or “should Obama be able to make up ObamaCare as it goes?” or ,even better, “Should we allow Obama to make the laws up as he goes?”. I bet the #s will be much different.

Polls are for strippers and bloggers.

BoxHead1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

People get the leaders they deserve, and it shows you how far gone the American public really is.

Part of the problem is that the feedback mechanism is broken.

People voted for Carter, for example, for “hope and change”. And then when the electorate felt the pain of Carter’s stagflation they voted him out.

With Obama though thanks to his inflationary policies and massive payoffs to connected groups the pain of his economic policies is not as widespread as it should be.

This allows the LIVs to be LIVs. Find a way to take this power away and the system would likely still right itself.

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

This is why I wish Georgia would become it’s own country.

topdawg on January 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I have to think this is in response to leading questions; no one, not even liberals, wants there to be an imperial presidency.

Tater Salad on January 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

scratch off my post ^^^ is what I meant to say.

BoxHead1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

“There’s not an action that I take you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority,” Obama said. “Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

Huh? “Usurping my authority.” Doesn’t he mean “exceeding”? One usurps others’ authority. This is the brilliant Obama?

rrpjr on January 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I have to think this is in response to leading questions; no one, not even liberals, wants there to be an imperial presidency.

From the leftwing perspective, something is moral if it advances the power of the left.

So, to re-ask your question, is the left more or less powerful thanks to having a president who has assumed the powers of congress for himself?

And *that* is why 79% of liberals approve.

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Interesting spin, in the same poll 63% said they didn’t trust Obama. Which is it?

Tater Salad on January 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

An intelligent answer requires a handle on basic civics, which is a tall order for some low-information voters

That would be the same 52% who think the dumbass in the White House is competent to be President.

As Ron White has observed “You can’t fix, STUPID!”

GarandFan on January 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

No trolls?

Michael Eric (libby)?
Zeke (loveofcountry)?
Juan/Bob (verby)?
HAL?

22044 on January 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

WolvenOne on January 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I agree, it’s all about the wording.

If it said “do you support president Obama bypassing Congress to impose his agenda items that do not have sufficient support to pass into law through legal means” the result would be just a bit lower.

forest on January 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I understand why they are afraid to impeach Obama, but they won’t even try lessor steps.

For example, throw something in the budget that the sets the budget for the White House travel budget is $0 as long as their is a cabinet official in contempt of congress and see what Obama does with Holder…

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

No, they sure won’t. They’re content with allowing ObaMao to play dictator and attempt to destroy the nation and what’s left of our economy over the next two years.

If the GOPe does Obamnesty and ObamaGlitch-Lite, the Republican party can die in a fire as far as I’m concerned.

Meople on January 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Is there something wrong with this picture? One poll says that a vast majority do not trust the president judgment, while another vast majority wants him to bypass Congress.

Leaves me with one question: How big has the barking-mad faction gotten?

Axeman on January 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I call BS on this one…

sandee on January 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

This is what you get when you fail to educate your children and allow the public media to adjudicate the Constitution.

Old Country Boy on January 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

pointing this stuff out will only drive moderates from the GOP. We need to focus on letting obama get his way with GOP approval.

joeindc44 on January 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Anyone with a brain would know that this is a lie.

Tabloid fodder; nothing to see here.

Amjean on January 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

As Ron White has observed “You can’t fix, STUPID!”

I would put it slightly differently.

You can’t reason a person out of a position they were never reasoned into.

Conservatives have to start working on an emotional level. For example, talking about job creation gets you nowhere. Instead, show the growth of wealth in DC and compare it to small businesses being boarded up.

Instead of talking about the costs of Obamacare ask why Obama is forcing men to get maternity coverage or the elderly to get drug treatment coverage…etc…

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Hey, what was the response in the poll to the question about whether Obama should apologize for Obamacare?

Don’t tell me there wasn’t a question about it. After all, polls are scientific!!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

If the GOP still had leadership, they would feel pretty stupid with all of W’s reach across the aisle BS, like not firing Clinton’s AG’s and letting the donks co-own the Senate.

joeindc44 on January 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The wording of the question — which claims that Zero is acting legally, a GIANT caveat the WaPo knew the question needed — got the Washington Post the results they wanted. Fine. Let Zero and the dems go about acting like this poll is true — he’s omnipotent and can do whatever he wants, the American people be damned. It’ll speed along the inevitable conclusion to this kind of abuse of power.

Rational Thought on January 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Ruin.

If you are going to tagline it Allah, the least you could do is link it.

Bmore on January 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Choom finna get legal in all 57 States! Everyone gonna be on the Medicaid!
Everyone gonna get more $$ EBT Raises!
Everyone gonna get a free Obama Phone!

/Tune in tomorrow to see what YOU might win when the King makes his Proclamationz.

I’m going to vomit.

Key West Reader on January 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

SHOCK POLL: 63% Don’t Have Confidence in Obama to Make Right Decisions…

Via Drudge

Yet 52% think Obama should use his executive orders to bypass Congress?
If anyone can figure this out please explain…

wolverinefan on January 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Barrak “Nixon” Obama

blink on January 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Nixon was a piker. Obama engages in Watergate level scandal before breakfast.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Citing a poll with broken down by liberal democrat, moderate-conservative democrat, and conservative Republican. should be sufficient grounds to only reply with derision and a Hot Air poll “asking”:

The Washington Post has cast aside ALL precepts of modern polling in order to generate a ludicrous “majority approval” on the eve of the SOTU address. Since the WaPo poll DENIES the existence of independent voters i order to get the slim majority they overwhelming desired, how far has the Washington Post fallen as a example of credible journalism?

a) ptretty far but kneepads ARE a job requirement
b) ever heard the saying, “There are some things even a prostitute won’t do for money?”
c) Washington Post? I thought they were acquired by Amazon, that subsidiary of the NSA?
d) I refuse to respond to any poll subscribing to the idea the WaPo retains ANY credibility.
e) All of the above

.
Run a “poll” of your own, AP and then forward it along Bob Woodward with our compliments.

Oh, and ask him, “Does the WaPo health insurance cover any of the cost of reconstructive knee surgery or is it treated as a Workman’s Compensation claim?”

PolAgnostic on January 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I thinking crazy … but imagine some Obamabots who think they can get the LIVeral’s ever so fearful to think this: Imagine the disaster that will unfold if the Stupid Party holds the House and takes over the Senate. With both under Rethuglican control they just might try to Impeach The Won.
Now you’re talking disaster with a capital ‘D’.

Not so far fetched if you understand the feckless stupidity of the Gimmedats, coupled with the spinless behaviour exhibited by the leadership of the Stupid Party up to this point.

Will there be more Wilson’s openly remarking “YOU LIE” during the SOTU address tomorrow night? Sadly, I don’t think there will be. Which is too bad.

Missilengr on January 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Isn’t the wording of this poll, somewhat leading?

WolvenOne on January 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Yes, leading… and misleading, too.

The original headline (and the questionnaire’s question) did not refer to “legislative goals”, but rather misleadingly, “administration’s goals”, which sounds an awful lot like “administrative goals”, which is what prior presidents have done, using executive orders to administer the laws written by congress. I would have been tempted to agree with the statement as written, even though I disagree with almost everything President Obama does.

Obviously (at least to some), bypassing congress to legislate from the White House is an entirely different question from the one to which many thought they were responding!

topdog on January 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

“President Obama meets every definition of an imperial presidency,” says Turley, who notes that he voted for Obama. “He is the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”…

What would the Nixon presidency have looked like if the press had been in his back pocket like they are in Obama’s?

For that matter, would Nixon have covered up Watergate if he hadn’t watched the Democrats quite literally steal the 1960 election for Kennedy? I imagine it was quite an object lesson for him: if you want to win, you have to fight dirty.

I’m not excusing Nixon, but everyone loves to talk about him as if he was hugely unethical, when it was Kennedy who stole the election due to voter fraud in Illinois by the Chicago machine, and in Texas by Lyndon Johnson’s machine. It seems hypocritical to hold him out as the low point of American politics when two much bigger frauds cheated their way to becoming the 35th and 36th presidents of the United States.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Even if the poll were perfect it’s still almost a draw, half the nation watching the other half get whatever it wants via executive order. This is a fine recipe for uh…let’s see…societal upheaval? Yeah, intense societal upheaval with extreme prejudice.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

When a majority of people believe that the Constitution is an obsolete / old-fashioned document that is no longer relevant in these ‘modern times’ – this is the result you are going to get.

This is the result of the collusion between the propaganda masters of the LSM and the indoctrination of the ideologues within academia on the people of this country.

One of the real differences between Nixon and Obama is not their overreach and abuse of executive powers, but in how the media has moved from journalism to propagandizing an ideological agenda. Add to this the effects of the last three decades of academia’s ideological indoctrination against the Constitution and in promoting elitism / class warfare / income equality / authoritarianism – and its no real surprise we find ourselves in a situation where a majority of the people want an totalitarian government.

Athos on January 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

the opinions of 1,003 people in a WaPo/ABC poll don’t mean shart but we have to have a 2,000 word essay written about how terrible this news is anyway

DanMan on January 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Mr. Lie of the Year is underwater on every issue -except national security- yet 52% think it’s fine if he acts on his own?
Having a hard time with that one.

lynncgb on January 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

lynncgb on January 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Holy cow, do a majority think he’s doing well on national security?

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

It will come to bloodshed because of this arrogant tool.

HomeoftheBrave on January 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

It probably has to at this point, if it’s to be corrected. The normal ‘system’ processes won’t work anymore.

Midas on January 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The man who would be king.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

lynncgb on January 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Holy cow, do a majority think he’s doing well on national security?

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

“He got bin Laden!”

Rinse and repeat.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM

right from the start there’s a problem

Presidents have the power in some cases to bypass Congress

no they really don’t. they have the authority to use EO to lay down guidelines on how to carry out laws passed by Congress, but in no way does this allow them to BYPASS Congress. Using them to bypass Congress is done specifically to nullify laws Congress has passed.
and its done way to often for my tastes by both parties.

dmacleo on January 27, 2014 at 5:59 PM

So, they didn’t poll any independents, moderate Republicans, libertarians, ‘other’, etc?

Looks like they either polled enough targeted people to get the answer they wanted, or excluded great swathes of respondents in order to get the answer they wanted – just in time for the SOTU, natch.

Midas on January 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

do a majority think he’s doing well on national security?

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Looks that way.

Obama on the Issues

lynncgb on January 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

It will come to bloodshed because of this arrogant tool.

HomeoftheBrave on January 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Maybe you’ll appreciate this. Wonder what the good Catholics make of this. Sign from God?

DFCtomm on January 27, 2014 at 6:03 PM

The man who would be king.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Sean Connery took a long walk straight down.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 6:03 PM

For example, throw something in the budget that the sets the budget for the White House travel budget is $0 as long as their is a cabinet official in contempt of congress and see what Obama does with Holder…

18-1 on January 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Congress like the supreme court doesn’t have an army. Do you really think he would have a problem telling the Air Force to fuel up the jet and assign the cost to anything you want? He is, after all, the commander in chief.

DFCtomm on January 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Poll sample breakdown, from the link (you have to do some searching to find the pdf).

32% Democrats
25% Republicans
37% Independents

Romney said 47% receiving direct govt. funding. Higher now. Easy to see 52% scared to cut off the money. That far exceeds any category. Voting their pocket book. Follow the money as always.

CW20 on January 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM

When a majority of people believe that the Constitution is an obsolete / old-fashioned document that is no longer relevant in these ‘modern times’ – this is the result you are going to get.

If you think it’s bad now wait until we get a few million more immigrants who do not know or care about the history of America and a 200+ year old document.

Nomas on January 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Well, I guess it is good to know just how unbelievably dumb the American public really is, then.

Not only do they not understand how bad his agenda is for the country, they also don’t understand how bad an idea it is to let the President just do whatever the hell he wants, constitution be damned.

Twas a good ride while it lasted, I guess.

deadrody on January 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Considering that between 62% and 79% of Democrats support executive action without the consent of Congress but only 28% of Republicans do, the fact that 52% of the entire sample supports executive action proves that WaPo sampled more Democrats than Republicans. Which is nothing new for WaPo.

It’s interesting that WaPo didn’t publish the results for Independent voters. Why not?

Steve Z on January 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I won’t say the “N” (Nazi) word, but this is who is begins. First we have a President who has little respect for the COnstitution, then we have a political party that allows him to have little respect for the Constitution (by not holding him accountable), then we have members of that same political party encouraging arms of government to crack down on political opposition. My question is, how far will this go before the Washington Post changes the wording on its poll? How long before Chuck Schumer thinks the news organizations are responsible for the Democrats losing elections and he wants to IRS to go after them too?

We’re in tangled web territory with everything this administration and the Democrats are doing. The further they go, the more precedent gets set, the more precedent that gets set, the further the next group goes, etc. Sooner or later, you have to hold someone accountable. Can it happen with Congress being in Republican Control? I don’t see too many Republicans holding Obama responsible for going around Congress.

bflat879 on January 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Poll sample breakdown, from the link (you have to do some searching to find the pdf).

32% Democrats
25% Republicans
37% Independents

This might actually be a viable breakdown in terms of party identity these days. Farking RINO’s.

Key West Reader on January 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

It’s interesting that WaPo didn’t publish the results for Independent voters. Why not?

Steve Z on January 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

They did. It split exactly 49-49.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The dems taking control of education in the 60′s is paying off big time for them now. its thought manipulation from k-16 (and on)

tractah on January 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

It’s a weakly-worded poll with a desired response. Why are we even giving it credibility by discussing?

MT on January 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

As other have already commented… the poll is useless…

The poll question is open ended and not specific and of course the President has SOME powers that allows him to bypass congress.

William Eaton on January 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

If the Wash Post poll is correct, hen 52% of Americans should be transported back through time to Hitler Germany or Stalin Russia or Mao China.

VorDaj on January 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Only about 40% approve of his job performance but 52% think he should start behaving like a dictator.

So apparently about 10% of those who do not approve of the job he is doing think he should govern more like a socialist dictator, more like Stalin if you will. That almost sounds plausible, considering the hubris of Left in the US these days.

Either that or this poll is crap.

farsighted on January 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Nation of sheepleton

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM

obama tweeted his pen today, the 2-year old pajama-president he is.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 7:49 PM

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