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States' rights go front and center, post-SCOTUS

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Fully one third of Americans believe states ought to have the right to ignore federal courts on issues that sets voters and lawmakers at odds with judicial decisions, a new Rasmussen Reports’ telephone survey found.

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The 33 percent of likely U.S. voters who buy into that view is up nine points from February, when only 24 percent polled said yes to such scenario. The big difference is the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings on “gay marriage” and Obamacare, and the outcry that’s been generated in recent days, Rasmussen found.

“Perhaps even more disturbing is that the voters who feel strongest about overriding the federal courts – Republicans and conservatives – are those who traditionally have been the most supportive of the Constitution and separation of powers,” Rasmussen wrote. “During the Obama years, however, these voters have become increasingly suspicious and even hostile toward the federal government.”

Fifty percent of Republican voters think states’ rights ought to trump when it comes to deciding the fate of objectionable federal court rulings. By comparison, only 22 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of politically unaffiliated Americans feel similarly, the poll found.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between June 30 and July 1, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.