Should Obama Ignore the Federal Courts?

Rasmussen Reports, February 20, 2015

President Obama’s immigration plan and his national health care law both face legal challenges this year that could bring them to a halt. But one-in-four voters think the president should be able to ignore the courts if he wants to, and Democrats believe that even more strongly.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country. Sixty percent (60%) disagree and say the president should not have the right to ignore the courts. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances is the finding that 43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree, compared to 81% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of all voters believe, generally speaking, that court challenges of actions approved by the president and Congress help protect the rights of U.S. citizens. Thirty percent (30%), however, consider such challenges mostly nuisances that stand in the way of good policy. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.


This is basically unchanged from July 2013 when we first asked this question. The system of checks and balances between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government was designed by the Founding Fathers to assure that a consensus was achieved before national legislation could be implemented, but presidents of both parties have complained over the years about the challenges of getting things done in such a system.


Women and younger voters feel more strongly than men and those 40 and older that the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings. Black voters believe that more than whites and other minority voters do.


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  • MekongDelta69

    “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country. (and 15% have no clue.)”

    And people wonder why America has fallen into the sewer…

  • It’s typical two-faced lib. When a Federal circuit judge issues a temporary injunction that forces states to recognize fake marriages, it’s settled politics, settled law, settled jurisprudence, carved in stone, practically the voice of God. When a Federal circuit judge issues a temporary injunction that prevents the Federal government from issuing work permits to illegal aliens like candy, (and that’s all this order meant in practice), well, it’s just one rogue judge from Texas, doesn’t know anything, even though he was the valedictorian of his Baylor Law School class, but then again he didn’t go to Harvard.

    • Bingo!

    • JackKrak

      Copied and pasted into my “liberals in a nutshell” doc

  • In other words, these dirtbags want a dictator.

    • Luca

      They’ve already got one and don’t realize it.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      I once told a black female co-worker that she’d vote for Idi Amin if he ran for U.S. President. She said, “That’s right. Because he’s black.” Blacks would vote for a black dictator over a White Jesus if they could.

  • Dave4088

    No, a president is not above the law or the Constitution, but separation of powers is difficult for third world brains to comprehend. No doubt most of the 43% who want dictatorship over the rule of law are non-white along with the usual wacky self hating white leftists.

  • TruthBeTold

    The United Banana Republic of America.

    • John Smith

      Achieved by critical mass of banana-eaters and banana-pickers.

  • Epiminondas

    What’s new? Liberals have been ignoring laws they don’t like for…what? 150 years?

  • superlloyd

    The Democrats are overt or closet cultural marxists and communist sympathisers. They want a one party state with unchecked power for the chairman of the party.

    • Christorchaos

      “Communist” only answers the question “How?”, but it doesnt answer the question “Why?”. And then when you get the answer to “Why?”, you can get the answer to “Who?”. And then youre done.

  • It seems like the only ones actually abiding by what the laws these days are non-Democrat white Americans (comprised mostly of conservative republicans, independents, libertarians, and a sprinkling of this and that) because it sure isn’t our Kenyan dictator and his supporters.

    Maybe this is a good time for each of us to consider things like nullification and secession? Perhaps we should be thinking of ways as individuals we can disobey the law also? Maybe we should think of creative ways of putting a monkey-wrench (so to speak) in the whole damn system? Maybe we should rebel and seek ways to undermine this entire government and its current administration (which would have been little different had a republican president been elected)?

    The ‘American experiment’ is over. Now all I want is revenge and a country for whites alone.

    Just some food for thought.

    • Pelayo

      I’ve been on board with that plan for a while. Do whatever you can in your power to undermine and crash the system. The US doesn’t deserve saving. I used to be too proud to accept government assistance. But now I’m gonna suck up everything I can. The bastards are gonna pay up for screwing up my livelihood.

      • meanqueen

        Agreed. Grew up with the value that it was shameful to take gov aid, that to get oneself into that position of needing it belied poor character and poor planning. Not anymore. Any time I can get a gov freebie, I do. I’m not going to be a sucker.

        • John Smith

          Cloward-Piven can work in our favor instead.

  • dd121

    Should he? No Does he? Yes. He continues to chip at the stones that are the foundation of our political system. I don’t think it’s too hard to conclude that is a bad thing.

  • Truthseeker

    So women and minorities are more likely to support a dictatorial president?

    • Yep, they always have.

    • InAFreeCountry

      They vote with their feelings.

  • Dindu Nuffins

    The results of the poll would be somewhat different if we had a Republican president.

  • Capn Dad

    Comrades! Rejoice! Chairman Ovomit and the Red Banner Party advance!

  • Pelayo

    I wonder what these Dems would’ve said if the Governor of California ignored the ruling overturning prop 187 or prop 8.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    43% od dems???? This shows that the Dem party no longer sides with Americans but with our enemies.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Obama should be removed. He is just destroying this nation. He is making it a turd world hellhole.

  • InAFreeCountry

    “Women and younger voters feel more strongly than men and those 40 and
    older that the president should have the right to ignore federal court

    The rule of law is not about FEELINGS.

    • John Smith

      Ever see the science and current events knowledge quizzes Pew puts out? Invariably those under 40 and women do significantly worse than older groups and males. Same with blacks vs. whites.

  • H. Leonskoi

    At least 43% of demorats are evil subhuman scum.

  • H. Leonskoi

    This is not a democracy, this is a constitutional republic. A majority does not get to deprive the minority of their God-given rights, no matter how much melanin the majority of voters have or worship. In other words, it could be a large majority and they still do not have the right to abrogate the Constitution and impose a dictatorship upon us. It is too bad that we have to put up with ignorant hominids like that.

    • IstvanIN

      A Republic protects the rights of the minority while respecting the wishes of the majority, not always an easy balancing act but made almost impossible by the current mantra that non-White wants always trump White rights.

      Furthermore if citizens, states, local government and governors must obey the courts so should the president.

      • dd121

        When they bring in enough blacks/browns to have a one party system, where will “checks and balances” be then? It will be a dictatorship over night.

  • Alex Dihes

    Dmitry Kiselev, the CEO of the TV network Russia Today, told a joke commenting
    departure Jen Psaki from the position of the official spokeswoman of the US State Department.

    Truly a historic event happened in the USA on the 20th of February. The State Department has announced that its speaker – the legendary Jen Psaki – goes on maternity leave. When Jen herself was asked, “Who are you pregnant from?” She habitually at first lowered her head to her notes and then said, “Cannot say exactly. I have to go to my superior to find this out. “

  • jwilders50

    Democrats would vote for dictatorship if they had the option.

    The future of America is bleak at the rate things are going.

  • John Smith

    He ignores everything else in the Constitution, so why not?

  • Slayer88

    The states should ignore him and his crony judges…

  • Ograf

    Perhaps the question should be; When is impeachment necessary to restore our country to some semblance of what the founding fathers intended, and not some Marxist dictatorship.

  • H. Leonskoi

    The voters repudiated Obama at the poles. The GOP should have dispatched its vanquished enemies. Instead GOP politicians continually retreat. They are secretly in league with the enemy or they are chicken sh*t cowards! I think it is both. They generally agree with them and when they don’t they chicken out. I will never vote for that 5th column again!