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Questions - Filibusters - July 12-13, 2013

60% Put Checks and Balances Ahead of Government Efficiency
44% Favor Ending Senate Filibuster, 38% Oppose
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted July 12-13, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about the U.S. Senate?

2* Suppose the president nominates someone to serve as a judge or in a government position who is legally and professionally qualified for the job. Is it fair for a U.S. senator to oppose that nominee because of disagreements over ideology or judicial philosophy?

3* Should every presidential nominee receive an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate?

4* In the Senate, a filibuster can prevent a vote from taking place unless 60 senators agree. Some Democrats want to change the Senate rules so that a vote must be held whenever a majority of senators agree. That would eliminate the filibuster. Do you favor or oppose the plan to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster?

5* Is it more important for government to operate efficiently or more important to preserve our constitutional system of checks and balances?


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence