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POLL REPORT: Americans overwhelmingly support Constitutional checks on the presidency, even in addressing terrorism

Apr 30, 2017

Michael Nelson, Michael Berkman, and Eric Plutzer

During the first 100 days in office, the new President found himself unable to persuade his own party’s Congressional delegation to support his replacement for Obama Care, and suffered setbacks in federal courts.

For many, this is evidence that the nation’s system of checks and balances is operating as it should. But the system of checks and balances depends not only on the Constitution and legal precedent.  It requires the support of the American people.  In that light, the McCourtney Mood of the Nation Poll asked a representative sample of Americans to tell us how they feel about Congress and the Supreme Court placing checks on presidential power.

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