Poll: 60% believe Obama overstepping authority

posted at 9:21 am on February 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How did the State of the Union speech declaring Barack Obama’s intent to make 2014 a year of unilateral action play with the public? According to the most recent Fox News poll, not terribly well. Mixed into deep economic pessimism is a majority opinion that Obama is doing too much instead of too little:

A Fox News poll shows that most swing-voters think President Barack Obama is overstepping his legal authority whenever he decides whether and when to enforce parts of the 2010 Obamacare law.

Sixty-six percent of independents, and 90 percent of Republicans said they disapprove of “Barack Obama going around Congress and using executive orders.”

Only 15 percent of independents, and 7 percent of conservatives, think Obama’s effort to bypass Congress are “the way our government is supposed to work.”

The lopsided results in the February poll of 1,006 registered voters is a loud warning signal for Obama, who is relying on his extensive use of executive orders, regulations and unilateral actions to boost his policies and his supporters’ morale in the run-up to the November election.

Yes, it’s a Fox News poll, which means that many will dismiss this out of hand, but that would be a mistake. If anything, the poll oversamples both Democrats and Republicans (40/35), which makes those figures look rather solid. Overall, 60% disapprove of Obama going around Congress — and even 31% of Democrats disapprove. Majorities of independents (66%), women (59%), and younger voters (under 35 YO, 61%) disapprove of the go-it-alone theme.

Obama’s approval rating hasn’t been affected, at least not yet. He’s at 42/53 in this Fox poll, which is better than Gallup’s showing at the moment (39/51), and exactly the same as January’s numbers in this same series. Among independents, though, it’s crashing to 29/65, and he’s underwater now with both men (39/56) and women (50/44), and possibly so with younger voters (46/47).

On the economy, the news is even worse for Obama and his fellow Democrats. By a 21-point majority, Americans feel the worst is yet to come in the national economy (37/58). Majorities prevail in this opinion in almost every demo, except for Democrats with a weak 51/44, and self-described liberals at 56/40.  Among voters under 35, pessimism reigns by 30 points, 33/63, and it’s 31/64 among those earning under $50K.

If Obama plans to pivot to the economy, then, it might be a bad move for his party in the midterms. Furthermore, the issue of income inequality also cuts against Obama. According to a wide majority of Americans — including all party affiliations — the policies of the Obama administration have increased the gap between the wealthy and the poor over the last five years. That’s the opinion overall (60/25), among Republicans (64/21), indies (63/21), and Democrats (52/32). Every demo has a wide majority on that point, except for a near-even split among black voters, 44/43.

Nor do voters appear anxious for redistribution. While Democrats think that “spread the wealth” policies are a good idea (66/30), an overall majority opposes them, 39/55, as do indies (27/63) and both men (38/57) and women (41/53). Younger voters split 49/48, but the under-$50K earners oppose it narrowly 44/50.

Given these numbers, Obama couldn’t have possibly crafted a worse State of the Union speech.


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Yes, it’s a Fox News poll, which means that many will dismiss this out of hand, but that would be a mistake.

Yes it would be. The FoxNews polls were routinely better for Obama than other ones leading up to the 2012 election.

Obama’s approval rating hasn’t been affected, at least not yet. He’s at 42/53 in this Fox poll, which is better than Gallup’s showing at the moment (39/51)

I rest my case.

Doughboy on February 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

He has established a very dangerous precedent for the future. Now it will be another thing if anyone goes as far as Obama has, but the precedent has been firmly established to ignore, change, or delay laws that you don’t feel like enforcing for whatever reasons.

Johnnyreb on February 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

dude needs to go organize a community back in Chicago.

Oh, and Bishop.

Key West Reader on February 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Only 15 percent of independents, and 7 percent of conservatives, think Obama’s effort to bypass Congress are “the way our government is supposed to work”.

Please burn your registration card and never, ever, ever step foot in a voting booth again.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

No one cares. If they did he would not be able to do it. Dems, Repubs, the press all secretly love it. Big government is the goal of all parties concerned.

patrick neid on February 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Obama couldn’t have possibly crafted a worse State of the Union speech.

In keeping with a trend.

If you can say anything about the man, he is consistent.

Bitter Clinger on February 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM

The State of the Union speech was aimed at rallying Democratic voters to his cause before November. Apparently, he’s decided the less he mentions Obamacare the better, but he still.needs a fighting agenda. So what’s left?

Fred 2 on February 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Keep doing what you’re doing… you’re awesome
-msdnc hacks

Obama is in his bubble…. Valerie will protect him

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The other 40% don’t know what’s going on.

oldennis on February 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So what is Congress going to do about it?

neyney on February 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Among independents, though, it’s crashing to 29/65, and he’s underwater now with both men (39/56) and women (50/44), and possibly so with younger voters (46/47).

Huh?

antipc on February 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Only 15 percent of independents, and 7 percent of conservatives, think Obama’s effort to bypass Congress are “the way our government is supposed to work”.

Please burn your registration card and never, ever, ever step foot in a voting booth again.

Flora Duh

AMen!

Endunamoo on February 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

More importantly, 90% of the media believes that he is not.

mjbrooks3 on February 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

According to a wide majority of Americans — including all party affiliations — the policies of the Obama administration have increased the gap between the wealthy and the poor over the last five years.

But…but..but isn’t Bush still president?

GarandFan on February 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Economic pessimism does rule the day. Retail sales took unexpected nosedives in December and January, with December revised down to -0.1% and January coming in at -0.4%.

Steve Eggleston on February 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Nor do voters appear anxious for redistribution.

Well, no kidding!! There are so many people out of work who need their own money to survive – I can understand that people do not want have their remaining savings redistributed elsewhere. Here in greater Las Vegas, the unemployment rate is nearly 9%.

The president earns $400,000 per year, and has a $50,000 expense allowance, a $19,000 entertainment allowance, Air Force One to jet around in for free, a dedicated medical team, guaranteed retirement without contributing anything … this president is out of touch with the vast majority of the USA.

majorzot on February 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Hugo Chavez had his supporters too.

Although 60% disapprove we have to keep in mind that a large percentage of Americans are totally clueless about our laws. A lot get their news from the MSM which supports and cheerleads for Obama. And a lot support whatever means are required to achieve their socialist goals. Sadly it’s far too many.

Charlemagne on February 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

It’s good to see that citizens aren’t as far gone as they appear to be. I wish the number was in the 90s though.

ConDem on February 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

It could be 99%.It won’t make a bit of difference.Your opinion or vote matters not anymore.They both get overturned.

docflash on February 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Obama’s approval rating hasn’t been affected, at least not yet. He’s at 42/53 in this Fox poll, which is better than Gallup’s showing at the moment (39/51)

It seems many people just don’t care much about this, at least not yet.

Thank the media for their promotion and protectiveness of Obama. It’s all about the filter people get their info from, and what they’re told they’re supposed to think about Obama.

bluegill on February 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

+1 bluegill

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Obama is equal parts a delusion that he can do no wrong mixed with an inability to do anything right.

pwrefugee on February 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

It seems many people just don’t care much about this, at least not yet.

Thank the media for their promotion and protectiveness of Obama. It’s all about the filter people get their info from, and what they’re told they’re supposed to think about Obama.

bluegill on February 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Good point. I find Obama’s conduct alarming. I’d find a GOP president pulling the same shite alarming too.

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

The other 40% are apparently going through life fat, drunk, and stupid.

Wisdom_of_Homer on February 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The only people ever in favor of redistribution are those who will be exempted from being robbed or those who will be receiving stolen property.

ConstantineXI on February 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Good point. I find Obama’s conduct alarming. I’d find a GOP president pulling the same shite alarming too.
BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Yep, if a Republican were doing this id be yelling just as loud for them to be tried for Treason. Unlike Leftist progressives I actually have principles.

ConstantineXI on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

No one cares.
No one can do anything about it.

albill on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Poll: 60% believe Obama overstepping authority

40% believe Bigfoot is real.

Deafdog on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The other 40% are apparently going through life fat, drunk, and stupid.

Wisdom_of_Homer on February 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

A good summation of LIV’s.

Bitter Clinger on February 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Poll: 60% believe Obama overstepping authority
40% believe Bigfoot is real.
Deafdog on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

They believe in Stompyfoot and the Yeti anyway.

ConstantineXI on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Candidate O’bama, at a Town Hall event in 2008:

“I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

Trolls?

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

No one can do anything about it.

albill on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Someone can do something about it, the sad fact is, he won’t. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Mr. Speaker!

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

What difference does it make?

I won.

I can do whatever I want.

It’s Bush’s fault…

You see, we just have to wait it out…

right2bright on February 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Obama has issued LESS executive orders than Bush and Reagan.

Another right wing talking points goes out in flames.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Time for an Executive Order outlawing polls.

It’s the fair thing to do, Comrade CItizen.

orangemtl on February 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Obama has issued LESS executive orders than Bush and Reagan.

Another right wing talking points goes out in flames.
liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Most orders Reagan and Bush issued were ceremonial proclamations honoring people or events. King Hussein makes his own laws. Big difference.

ConstantineXI on February 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM

No one cares.
No one can do anything about it.

Get your head up. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!

Wisdom_of_Homer on February 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Time for an Executive Order outlawing polls.
It’s the fair thing to do, Comrade CItizen.
orangemtl on February 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

How about an executive order requiring all polls to show 89% Adoration for King Hussein at minimum at all times?

ConstantineXI on February 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

60% of those polled now found to be racists.

Just to keep it consistent.

battalion on February 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Obama has issued LESS executive orders than Bush and Reagan.

Another right wing talking points goes out in flames.
liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Most orders Reagan and Bush issued were ceremonial proclamations honoring people or events. King Hussein makes his own laws. Big difference.

ConstantineXI on February 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM

liberalrules claimed in that thread yesterday that Bush “abused” executive orders, but when challenged to cite specific examples, it suddenly had to go “into conference”.

And I even provided a White House.gov link showing each and every one of Bush’s EOs, so it could tell us which ones were “abusive”. Sound of crickets.

One of the Bush EOs by the way was especially scandalous. It established a National Patriotism Award named in honor of Bob Hope.

Bush should have been impeached for that one!

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Polls are meaningless. I don’t hear anything about calls, letters and emails inundating our elected representatives’ offices or the Office of the President saying, “stop that.” Opinion absent action is totally meaningless. And if the people don’t care enough to actually stop the unlawful extension of power, then the power becomes lawful through acceptance. That is why there are thousands of archaic laws on books of towns and states that call for jailing and no one gets jailed or even cited, because they are not enforced anymore. So…evidently no one cares anymore about the separation of powers. We are sliding toward a Dictatorship…and no one really cares.

TKPedersen42 on February 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The fact that 40% of the nation is evidently cheering for authoritarian dictatorship is grim.

Any nation gets the government it deserves. People focusing all their attention on Obama should remember that.

Art Vandelay on February 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

One of the Bush EOs by the way was especially scandalous. It established a National Patriotism Award named in honor of Bob Hope.

Bush should have been impeached for that one!

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Of course he should have! Bob Hope was a supporter of our troops. And don’t forget, he made this racist remark!

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Polls are meaningless. I don’t hear anything about calls, letters and emails inundating our elected representatives’ offices or the Office of the President saying, “stop that.”

TKPedersen42 on February 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Whoa there pardner. I posted this in a thread yesterday.

Here’s the Legislative Schedule.

Find out when your Representative is going to be in their home district. Burn up their phone lines and beat a path to the doors of their offices. If there’s a town-hall meeting, even better. Demand an answer from them on what they intend to do about Obama’s tyranny and let them know that what happened to the Dems in 2010 can also be applied to the Republicans if they continue to sit on their hands and let him completely ignore the Constitution.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

But I think we all know what happens to any letters sent to the White House in disagreement of Obama’s policies. They get thrown in the trash – or forwarded to Homeland Security and the IRS.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Only 60%, where arte the other 40%.

rjoco1 on February 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The other 40% don’t know what’s going on.

oldennis on February 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Or are perfectly content with ‘their guy’ writing the laws on the fly from the executive branch.

It’s disgusting that FORTY PERCENT of the populace are perfectly fine with his unconstitutional actions. regardless of their reasons.

xNavigator on February 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Meanwhile, the oaf who’s chief is in Fresno, to bullchit the farmers about “your drought is due to global warming, here are 200 million, now vote for me/us Ds, the Rs are at fault for your losses”…then he’ll fly to Palm Springs and be there until Monday, without Michelette, in the middle of gay-heaven. It’s good to be king. Work harder taxpayers!

Attention broken-hearted and lonely Americans: President Barack Obama feels your pain. He’s happily married, of course, but in solidarity with the lovelorn–those victims of romantic inequality–he’s spending Valentine’s Day alone. Well, not entirely alone–he’s set to enjoy a guys’ weekend with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Palm Springs–apparently without Queen Noor. Who knows what those boys will get up to, with Vegas nearby.

Not Vegas. They are in gay-city already, dummy.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The hypocritical creep in chief

p.s. Michelette is just as glad to be with Valerie Jarrett.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

One of the Bush EOs by the way was especially scandalous. It established a National Patriotism Award named in honor of Bob Hope.

Bush should have been impeached for that one!

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Of course he should have! Bob Hope was a supporter of our troops. And don’t forget, he made this racist remark!

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Speaking of which, the Low-IQ Democrats had a meltdown earlier this week when Shirley Temple (Black) died.

Twitchy:

‘F*ck Shirley Temple’: Lefties bash late Republican star, smear her as ‘roaring racist’

Classy little Nazis, aren’t they?

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I see there are a lot of ignorant people out there. No wonder we have the people in office that currently are there.

sadatoni on February 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH

Zeifus on February 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

and to imagine that more than 40% of voters are low information voters.

Travesty

kirkill on February 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Twitchy:

‘F*ck Shirley Temple’: Lefties bash late Republican star, smear her as ‘roaring racist’

Classy little Nazis, aren’t they?

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

*SMH*

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

60% believe Obama overstepping authority.

Leaving the remaining 40% believing in full blown dictatorship for the United States.

Romney mentioned being at the cusp where the majority of the country are receiving a government check.

At that tipping point, as the warning goes, the socialist would never lost another election.

The next tipping point will be the conversion of just another 10% to be in agreement with dictatorial rule.

At that point, the convesion of others won’t be necessary as “voting” will no longer exist.

The overall results of this poll are not disheartening to Obama.

Instead, it hightlights that his end-game is near. Very near.

Carnac on February 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Only 15 percent of independents, and 7 percent of conservatives, think Obama’s effort to bypass Congress are “the way our government is supposed to work”.

Please burn your registration card and never, ever, ever step foot in a voting booth again.

Flora Duh on February 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I expect those that approve represent the “you’n git Bam pho” demographic.

slickwillie2001 on February 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Pretender in Chief

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The fact that 40% of the nation is evidently cheering for authoritarian dictatorship is grim.

Any nation gets the government it deserves. People focusing all their attention on Obama should remember that.

Art Vandelay on February 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

They would change their attitude if the storm troopers were at their door.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Flora is right. My representative is conservative. He holds town meetings on the phone. You get a phone call saying it’s about to start and you can listen in. If you want to ask a question there’s a number to punch. I usually seem to be on the point of going out when they do this unfortunately but it’s a good idea. Nobody has to leave home in bad weather.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I see there are a lot of ignorant people out there. No wonder we have the people in office that currently are there.

sadatoni on February 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The evils of a bad education system. Kids are not being taught the constitution or how government works.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM

It’s not just the executive orders either. It’s the way he uses regulation, through other agencies like the department of energy etc., to get around congress. He appoints heads of the agencies that will do what he wants and they enact regulation.

Annielou on February 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Poll: 60% believe Obama overstepping authority

John ‘useless’ Boehner and Mitch Daschle will apologize immediately and give Obama another $Trillion.

RJL on February 15, 2014 at 1:37 AM