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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