Poll Shows Americans Embracing Nullification
Posted by Tenth Amendment
For immediate release: May 7, 2013
Recent polling data indicates nullification has entered the mainstream.
A Rasmussen poll released Monday indicates more than one-third of Americans favor their state blocking federal gun control laws if it considers them unconstitutional. Less than half (45 percent) oppose blocking these unconstitutional violations of the Second Amendment.
Even more revealing; more people than not approve of nullification in general terms.
“On the general question of ‘nullification,’ 44 percent believe states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds. Thirty-six percent disagree and 20 are undecided,” pollsters said.
Digging into the numbers, we find even broader support for nullification where it really counts – on Main Street.
A majority of everyday politically engaged Americans support the general principle of nullification. According to the Rasmussen poll, 52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds. Where does the opposition come from? Seventy-four percent of those polled identifying with the “political class” oppose nullification.
“People are finally starting to understand and accept the concept of decentralization. Our message is mainstream now, and we have hard data to prove it,” Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center state chapter coordinator Lesley Swann said.
Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey called the poll results “pretty amazing.”
“Think about it. Even with constant demonization of nullification in the media, a majority of everyday Americans believe the states should step in and block unconstitutional acts. And the pollsters used the word ‘block,’” he said. “It’s the politicians and pundits – the so-called political class – who opposes it. Hardly shocking, since the whole idea of decentralization threatens their grip on power.”
The poll does reveal some
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