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Rasmussen: Many Say Government Now Operating Outside the Constitution [YA THINK???]
Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 23, 2010

Posted on 11/23/2010 9:40:20 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative

Voters are clearly dubious about the size and scope of today’s federal government.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 39% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government currently operates within the limits established by the Constitution of the United States.

Forty-four percent (44%) disagree and say it is not functioning within those limits, while another 17% aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Earlier surveys have shown that just one-in-five voters believe that the government today has the consent of the governed. Forty-eight percent (48%) see the government as a threat to individual rights. According to the Declaration of Independence, governments are formed to protect certain inalienable rights.

Most Americans think the Constitution is just fine the way it is and should be left alone. But 39% say the governing document doesn’t put enough restrictions on what the government can do.

As is often the case, there’s a wide gap between the perceptions of the Political Class and those of Mainstream voters when it comes to the federal government. Eighty-three percent (83%) of Political Class voters say the government now operates within constitutional limits, but 62% of those in the Mainstream don’t share that view.

One aspect of the Constitution that is frequently challenged is its protection for freedom of speech. But 85% of voters say, generally speaking, that the constitutional protection of speech is a good thing for the United States. Only six percent (6%) disagree. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 21-22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Nearly two-out-of-three voters (65%) are at least somewhat angry at the current policies of the federal government, including 40% who are Very Angry.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats say the federal government currently is operating within the limits established by the Constitution. Holding the opposite view, 65% of Republicans and 52% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties do not believe the government is functioning within constitutional bounds.

But all three groups agree overwhelmingly that the constitutional protection of freedom of speech is a good thing.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of political conservatives say today’s federal government is out-of-bounds constitutionally, but 66% of liberals disagree. By a narrow 43% to 37% margin, moderates think the government is within constitutional guidelines.

In surveys for several years, voters have defended the Constitution and questioned how it is being applied.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters, for example, say the U.S. Supreme Court should make its decisions based on the Constitution and legal precedents rather than being guided by a sense of fairness and justice. But only 38% think the high court is actually guided by the Constitution when it makes its rulings.

Despite continuing gun control efforts by federal, state and local governments, Americans overwhelmingly believe the Constitution guarantees the right of the average citizen to own a gun.

At the same time, most voters (65%) say they prefer a smaller government with lower taxes rather than one with more services and higher taxes.

Most Americans say the government already has too much influence over the economy and is involved in too many things that would be better left to the private sector.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters think big government and big business generally work together against the interests of investors and consumers.

While protective of their freedom of speech rights, most Americans have agreed over the years that they are willing to sacrifice some of that freedom to protect children from indecency.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2010polls; anticonstitution; constitution; donttreadonme; fascism; liberalfascism; obama
Lots of ways to discuss these results.

Only 44% think the govt has exceeded its constitutional boundaries.... but I wonder how many of those 44% truly understand what the boundaries are?

The disconnect between the "Political Class" (which spans both parties) and the rest of us is quite striking, and indicative of why things tend not to change in Washington.

But hey: "...all three groups agree overwhelmingly that the constitutional protection of freedom of speech is a good thing." Yaaaay!

1 posted on 11/23/2010 9:40:22 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

I participated in one of their polls Sunday night. Mostly economy related questions.


2 posted on 11/23/2010 9:45:41 AM PST by bigheadfred (/s happens)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
We now function under Obama, the Islamo-Marxist-Chicago Mobster. He is our dictator in chief. He rules by executive, imperial edict.
3 posted on 11/23/2010 9:46:25 AM PST by Armaggedon
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

For, exactly, how long has the U.S. government exceeded its constitutional boundaries? That’s the question I want answered.


4 posted on 11/23/2010 9:56:21 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Is the pope Catholic?
Is water wet?


5 posted on 11/23/2010 9:58:50 AM PST by seawolf101
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

REALLY???? Who would have thought? Of course, they are. They are fraudulent.


6 posted on 11/23/2010 9:59:00 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
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And before I’m accused of simply flogging the problem, the solution is to RE-ELECT ONLY those who pass Constitutional muster. Before you say “My guy’s doing a SWELL job,” check him out at http://www.gradegov.com/

WE STILL HAVE MORE TRASH TO TAKE OUT IN 2012! MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!


7 posted on 11/23/2010 10:01:26 AM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Unfortunately, too many Americans do not see this as a bad thing.


8 posted on 11/23/2010 10:02:06 AM PST by arista
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Since 1861.


9 posted on 11/23/2010 10:04:46 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

I wonder how many just don’t care whether the government follows the Constitution or not, because they believe it is just an old dated document that has no relevance to modern life.


10 posted on 11/23/2010 10:05:47 AM PST by Maceman (Obama -- he's as American as nasi goreng)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

“the U.S. Supreme Court should make its decisions based on the Constitution and legal precedents rather than being guided by a sense of fairness and justice”

I don’t get it. Following the Constitution IS fair and just.


11 posted on 11/23/2010 10:18:49 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

“For, exactly, how long has the U.S. government exceeded its constitutional boundaries?”

Since 1789, probably.


12 posted on 11/23/2010 10:20:30 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
If you'll pardon the "French"...

WELL, NO SH!T, SHERLOCK!!!

13 posted on 11/23/2010 10:25:02 AM PST by HKMk23 (Quit worryin' what other folks think; they don't do it all that much anyway.)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
BTTT

A Republic -- If We Can Keep It

14 posted on 11/23/2010 10:27:06 AM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: bigheadfred

This is a phony poll.

I believe the question should not have allowed for “Don’t Know/Not Sure”.

This is an important question, and either you believe the Federal Govt IS or IS NOT funtioning outside of the Constitution.

If there were just a Yes-No option, then the phony breakdown of 44-39-17% would equate to a 53% majority believing the Govt is acting outside the Constitution


15 posted on 11/23/2010 10:33:13 AM PST by Nabber
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To: Armaggedon; freekitty; flat; unkus; justiceseeker93; sheik yerbouty; Candor7; Kaslin; ...

Do you think we can identify with and feel what the citizens of Germany felt like in the 1930’s watching their way of life destroyed?


16 posted on 11/23/2010 10:33:13 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
The story since time immemorial: once a powerful, centralized government is creating, especially one that becomes the people's benefactor (as in, literally, welfare benefits), it becomes almost impossible to stop its accretion of power. It either results in total decline of the nation or it is reformed by a revolution (peaceful or not).

Even in the Roman Empire, there was a valiant, but ultimately losing battle -- such as with the "Twelve laws" and other constitutional limitations -- to limit the power of central government over individuals. See Was Paul a Roman?.

17 posted on 11/23/2010 10:40:30 AM PST by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
! ACHTUNG


18 posted on 11/23/2010 10:45:46 AM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Yes


19 posted on 11/23/2010 11:04:58 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: maine-iac7

What country is this in?

*rhetorical/satirical/ironic/sarcastic/


20 posted on 11/23/2010 11:08:26 AM PST by JerseyDvl (Sometimes the road less traveled.... is less traveled for a reason.)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

21 posted on 11/23/2010 11:08:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Probably since, at least, the Jackson administration.


22 posted on 11/23/2010 11:08:43 AM PST by Chuckster (Just trying to figure things out)
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To: maine-iac7

So here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to have a special t-shirt made. It’ll simply have the words of the Fourth Amendment printed on it.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons... against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated...”

And I’ll just stand there and let them do their groping.

If anyone would like to steal this idea and turn it into a commercial enterprise, feel free. I’m too busy and live too far away from a city to do this myself. I’d buy the shirt, though.


23 posted on 11/23/2010 11:12:13 AM PST by redpoll
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To: BenLurkin

Wow! I really want one of those.

With the t-shirt in a heap at the foot of the bed.


24 posted on 11/23/2010 11:13:46 AM PST by redpoll
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To: ExTexasRedhead

That’s why we have the word TREASON!


25 posted on 11/23/2010 11:21:08 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: HKMk23

Scott’s a little slow, but eventually he ‘get’s it’, usually after the fact. He’s a Monday morning quarterback as far as I’m concerned, referencing candidates and election predictions.


26 posted on 11/23/2010 11:22:11 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: arista

That was my first thought -

most leftists DESPISE any fixed set of rules because those rules preclude the “discretion” of the “ultra-smart” ruling class.


27 posted on 11/23/2010 11:24:44 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Unfortunately, most Germans and Austrians thought Chancellor Hitler was their savior, the best thing since sliced bread w/butter. Just like the Obots.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 11:24:58 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those that could “see” evil growing and taking over bailed out of Germany at the first opportunity. That was why they survived the Holocaust.

We have useful idiots right now that cannot see evil. When they’re dragged before an Obama Death Panel and denied health care and shipped to an Obama Hospice Center to die, they will realize that they made the same mistake as many in Germany did. Just my opinion!


29 posted on 11/23/2010 11:32:22 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: redpoll
Here ya go $23.95/ea
30 posted on 11/23/2010 11:49:44 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

“For, exactly, how long has the U.S. government exceeded its constitutional boundaries? That’s the question I want answered.”

Great question. And the answers you’d get would be the most telling.


31 posted on 11/23/2010 12:02:58 PM PST by MichaelCorleone
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To: MichaelCorleone

Marbury vs Madison anyone?


32 posted on 11/23/2010 12:04:45 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Yes we are being ruled and run into the ground by an intellectual egomaniac dedicated to Islam and Marxism
33 posted on 11/23/2010 12:27:23 PM PST by Armaggedon
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To: mc5cents

Many thanks! Be well and God bless.


34 posted on 11/23/2010 1:26:44 PM PST by redpoll
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To: ExTexasRedhead

No wonder der ‘bamafuhrer wants to build new rail lines!


35 posted on 11/23/2010 1:35:39 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
The nation's largest organised crime family has been operating outside the Constitution for a very long time. Since when did these people catch on?
36 posted on 11/23/2010 1:39:17 PM PST by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: maine-iac7

So, shut up, keep quiet and just turn on the showers after depositing your clothing in this pile.


37 posted on 11/23/2010 1:58:32 PM PST by Mouton
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Drooling idiots who watch TV support Obama when they switch the propaganda tube on. Fools.


38 posted on 11/23/2010 2:27:02 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Constitutionalist Conservative.


39 posted on 11/23/2010 6:49:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
For, exactly, how long has the U.S. government exceeded its constitutional boundaries? That’s the question I want answered.

The answer is, "obviously for too long, and by both Parties."

There is NOTHING "constitutional" about the "Patriot Act," Affirmative Action," federally institutionalized socialism, undeclared wars, "wealth redistribution," and the eligibility of scoff-law Presidents who aren't proven American citizens. But that's just me.

40 posted on 11/23/2010 7:12:45 PM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: sheik yerbouty
No wonder der ‘bamafuhrer wants to build new rail lines!

Actually, it might be interesting to match up the locations of the many empty jails - many of them never yet used - around the country and the strange, useless RR links they're proposing.

I don't think many people, especially those who don't know the history of Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia - just how dangerous the people behind this are - they are concentrating on the surface of it without realizing that it is probably but a test run to see just how easily the people can be subjugated...

41 posted on 11/23/2010 9:03:04 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: Mouton; All
So, shut up, keep quiet and just turn on the showers after depositing your clothing in this pile.

And do NOT abuse the agents.


42 posted on 11/23/2010 9:08:16 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: maine-iac7

Exactly so..


43 posted on 11/23/2010 11:21:27 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

“Only 44% think the govt has exceeded its constitutional boundaries.... but I wonder how many of those 44% truly understand what the boundaries are?”
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All of the 44% understand the boundaries but none of the rest do. Anyone who understands the constitution has to know that the government is NOT operating within the constitution.
The American constitution was written to be read and understood by anyone with enough education to be a functioning member of society at that time. It is NOT complicated and hard to decipher as so many wish to pretend.
Modern politicians and many judges seem able to find any meaning they desire in the document but cannot perceive what was plainly intended.


44 posted on 11/24/2010 5:34:37 AM PST by RipSawyer (Clem Hussein Kadiddlehopper would be a vast improvement.)
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To: RipSawyer
All of the 44% understand the boundaries but none of the rest do.

I think that's too optimistic. For example, I suspect that not one American in ten understands and embraces the constitutional doctrine of enumerated powers.

My (implied) point was that many of these 44% have some favorite part of the Constitution (e.g. free speech, which was highlighted in the poll) that they think has been transgressed by Congress.

For example, I'll bet we can find a lot of conservatives who rightly think that McCain-Feingold is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds, but they don't understand that this law is an unconstitutional atrocity in many other ways as well.

45 posted on 11/24/2010 6:43:34 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

I can’t argue with any of that, at least the 44% do realize that the government is overstepping the boundaries, it is astonishing to think that more than half the people either don’t think so or are not certain. How can anyone who knows anything NOT KNOW that the government is living outside the constitution?

Just this morning after answering your post I had a conversation with a seventy year old man who seems to think there is a lot of positive to the idea that a person charged with a crime should be considered guilty and have to prove his own innocence. I was astounded to say the least, a large percentage of America seems to be looking forward to dictatorship as if it meant deliverance.


46 posted on 11/24/2010 10:08:25 AM PST by RipSawyer (Clem Hussein Kadiddlehopper would be a vast improvement.)
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