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56% Say Obama Tried to ‘Intimidate’ Court

From Fox News:

Fox News Poll: 56% Say Obama Tried to Intimidate Court on Health Care

By Dana Blanton
Published April 12, 2012

A majority of American voters think President Obama’s recent comments about the Supreme Court were an attempt to intimidate the justices as they decide the constitutionality of one his biggest accomplishments — the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In addition, the voters — unlike the president — want the high court to either overturn the new health care law completely or at least invalidate the individual mandate. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.

A 56 percent majority of voters think the president was trying to intimidate the Supreme Court when he publicly commented on the health care case and referred to the justices as “an unelected group of people.” Forty percent disagree.

Most Republicans (81 percent), a majority of independents (61 percent) and more than a quarter of Democrats (29 percent) believe Obama was trying to strong-arm the justices.

You have to wonder what this 40% were thinking? That Obama was just showing off his poor education regarding the history and role of the Supreme Court?

Most voters want at least part of the law overturned. Some 42 percent think the Supreme Court should toss out the whole law, while 24 percent take the middle ground and think the court should keep most of it but rule the mandate for Americans to buy health insurance as unconstitutional. About one voter in four thinks the court should uphold the law as is (27 percent)

This seems to be the same breakdown from every poll on Obama-Care these days. And, in fact, since it was passed.

Among independents, the largest number — 44 percent — think the court should overturn the law completely, and another 26 percent want the individual mandate thrown out. One in four wants the court to keep the law as is (24 percent)

If that is what the "independents" think, then that is what should happen. After all, they are ‘the end all and be all’ voting bloc.

There’s widespread concern that if the court were to uphold the requirement to buy health insurance it would mean the government could require people to buy other things. Fully 71 percent of voters are either “very” or “somewhat” concerned by what this would mean going forward.

That is an impressive figure. It shows just how many people don’t like broccoli.

The Supreme Court has the best job rating of the three branches of government. Overall, 48 percent of voters approve, while 33 percent disapprove. The remaining 19 percent are unsure.

For comparison, 42 percent approve of President Obama’s job performance and 12 percent approve of Congress

Not only does the Supreme Court receive a higher approval rating than the other branches of government, but it’s also the most trusted.

Some 43 percent of voters say they trust the judicial branch the most, up from 33 percent who felt that way in 2005. The court is followed by the executive branch at 27 percent and the legislative branch trails at 15 percent. Eleven percent of voters say they don’t trust any of the branches.

So what a great idea it was for Obama to decide to run against the Supreme Court.

Despite the Supreme Court being the most trusted branch of government, by a wide margin more voters think politics will play a role in the outcome of the health care case (67 percent) than think it will be decided solely on the legal arguments (26 percent).

Majorities of Democrats (72 percent), independents (65 percent) and Republicans (62 percent) expect the court’s decision to be influenced by partisanship.

Well, people aren’t blind.

In general, nearly half of voters — 45 percent — think the Supreme Court’s decisions are “about right” ideologically. Some 26 percent say the court is “too liberal” in its decisions, while 21 percent say “too conservative.”

Notice that the percentage of people who think the court is too conservative is even lower than the number of people who think Obama-Care should be upheld (27%).

That doesn’t bode well for Obama’s ‘War On The Supreme Court,’ either.

Oh, well. Back to the drawing board.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “56% Say Obama Tried to ‘Intimidate’ Court”

  1. dasher says:

    “Back to the drawing board”?? I don’t think this administation is using a drawing board Steve, they’re pulling this stuff out of their @sses!

  2. Petronius says:

    “Eleven percent of voters say they don’t trust any of the branches.”

    Only 11 percent? That does not speak well for the other 89 percent of American voters.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I’ll start to think about trusting you the moment you release your grip from my testicles.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And I’m gonna have to think about it for a long time.

    • GetBackJack says:

      ONLY 56%

      ONLY 11%

      man, those have got to be n***** rigged stats for sure.

    • Petronius says:

      48% of Americans have faith in the Supreme Court — the highest rating. Yet four of the No-Good Nine are Bolsheviks or fellow travelers. How pathetic is that?

      Among those bullied, dissed, or abused by this President the following come to mind :

      The Supremes in general and Justice Alito in particular. Various Federal lower court judges and immigration judges. AIG executives, GM executives, GM bondholders, Chrysler bondholders and dealers. BP and the Gulf oil industry in general. Boeing, Massey Coal, S&P, Humana and the health insurance industry in general. Big Oil and Big Pharma. Medical professionals and the medical devices industry. Wall Street “fat cats,” bankers, “corporate jet owners,” hedge fund managers, “greedy oil speculators,” “1 percenters,” “the rich,” and “millionaires and billionaires.” Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the Weekly Standard. Gov. Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The States of Arizona, Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina. The nations of Britain, Israel, Germany, Poland, Canada, and Honduras. Netanyahu. Winston Churchill and the British Embassy. Sgt. James Crowley and the Cambridge police. The Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Bush, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and John McCain. Jesus, the Vatican, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, the Catholic Bishops, American evangelicals, and the Dalai Lama. NASA, CIA agents, Navy SEALs, and DoD and aerospace contractors. The “bitter clingers,” anti-abortionists, and America in general.

      Has there ever been an American president with so many “enemies”?

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