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Poll: Support Grows for State’s Rights Against the Federal Government and the Supreme Court

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that an increasing number of pollsters are starting to believe that individual states should have the right to boycott U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

In a February poll the results sided with state governments and suggested that voters were more inclined to believe in their state’s ability to lead and protect their interests.

  • Which government does a better job?
    • State government – 28%
    • Local government – 27%
    • Not sure – 24%
    • Federal government – 21%
  • Does the federal government have too much/not enough influence over state governments?
    • Too much influence – 47%
    • Balanced – 27%
    • Not enough influence – 18%
    • Not sure – 8%
  • Should states have the right to opt out of federal government programs that they don’t agree with?
    • Yes – 54%
    • No – 33%
    • Not sure – 13%
  • Should states have the right to opt out of federally mandated programs if the federal government doesn’t help pay for them?
    • Yes – 61%
    • No – 24%
    • Not sure – 15%
  • Should states have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials disagree with them?
    • Yes – 24%
    • No – 58%
    • Not sure – 18%

Fast forward to an early July poll, a larger number of voters have concluded that individual states should have the right to ignore Supreme Court decisions. 33 percent of voters believed that a state should be able to ignore a Supreme Court decision, 52 percent said no, while 15 percent said yes.

A large portion of conservative voters are still angry with the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. The shift in numbers is to be expected and nothing out of the ordinary when a major decision is passed that is heavily divided on ideological lines.

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