“Americans strongly oppose giving the president more power at the expense of Congress or the courts, even to enhance national security or the economy,”according the Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll.
“There is clearly a concern about executive power and the balance of power that comes out in a couple of different ways,” said Joseph Torsella, president of the Philadelphia-based organization. The nonpartisan center is dedicated to educating the public about the Constitution.
Americans. strongly. oppose.
Fundies? Leftys? Greenies? Republicans? Democrats? Indies?
Yeah. Americans. I think it means all of us. While everybody rants on about lies. and lipstick on pigs, it seems our fellow citizens are hipper than we think.
The public is more reluctant to expand the president’s powers than those of Congress.
Two-thirds of Americans oppose altering the balance of power among the three branches of government to strengthen the presidency, even when they thought that doing so would improve the economy or national security.
I wonder if this will move Dems on the Senate Judiciary Committee to action:
In one area, the poll found Americans clearly on Congress’ side. They said Congress should have the power to require senior presidential aides to testify before House and Senate committees. . .
I found it interesting and reassuring that the poll respondents had “overwhelming opposition to the government’s power to take private property for redevelopment” and to “amending the Constitution to allow foreign-born citizens to be president.”
I was also pleased that a majority of respondents said “same-sex couples should be entitled to the same benefits as married, heterosexual couples.”
Just some good news, it seems to me. If only we could somehow use it to breach the divide among us and really talk among ourselves about how to restore our country and survive the coming financial markets crash. We need each other now.
The survey of 1000 adults was conducted nationwide Aug. 22-29 and had a +/- margin of sampling error of 3.1% points.