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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What America Thinks: No Executive Actions

Voters don’t much care for the job Congress is doing, but they still think the president needs congressional approval on the major issues facing the nation. Are they willing to let President Obama go it alone on some issues, though? We decided to find out what America thinks.

The president last week used an executive order to enact further government oversight over gun sales because he knew Congress would not approve his gun control initiatives. Voters aren’t happy. Most think, when it comes to gun control, that the federal government should only do what the president and Congress agree on. Just a third of likely voters think Obama should take action alone if Congress won’t agree.

That’s nearly identical to voter attitudes about presidential action on global warming. Most voters believe global warming merits urgent attention, but 57% still say the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on. Only 33% believe Obama should go it alone.

But that’s more support for executive action than the president gets regarding his plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Just 26% think he should take action alone on immigration, and just as few believe he has the legal authority to grant that amnesty without the approval of Congress.

Only 20% felt the president should act alone on the deal he made with Iran regarding that nation’s nuclear program. Two-out-of-three voters said that deal needed the approval of Congress before taking effect.

In short, voters are clear: They don’t want the president using executive orders to go around Congress.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.