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Majority of Americans oppose Obama using executive orders to implement policy

Pres. Obama on Wednesday announces that he's signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage of federal employees
Pres. Obama on Wednesday announces that he's signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage of federal employees
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The results of a new poll from Fox News, released on Wednesday, show that a majority of Americans are opposed to Pres. Obama's intention to circumvent Congress in order to implement policies.

The president announced at the beginning of the year that he would act on his own, without Congress, as part of a “year of action,” to bring about policy changes that he wants to see implemented through executive orders.

The poll, which was conducted from Feb. 9-11, asked respondents: “Barack Obama said he will take action to advance his policy goals with or without Congress, and that he’ll use executive orders to get around Congress. Do you think this is the way our government is supposed to work, or not?”

Seventy-four percent answered no to this question, while only 23 percent answered yes.

Respondents were also asked: “Regardless of what you think about how things are supposed to work, do you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama going around Congress and using executive orders?”

To this, 60 percent said no, while 37 percent said yes.

While the results are mostly split among party lines, a majority of all three party categories – Republican, Democratic and Independent – are opposed to this.

Ninety-three percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Independents are opposed, along with 54 percent of Democrats.

Overall, the poll found that Obama has a low approval rating of only 42 percent, with a disapproval rating of 53 percent.

As reflected by the poll's findings, many Democrats and liberals are beginning to turn on the president.

On Tuesday, Ron Fournier wrote an article for National Journal titled, “Why I'm Getting Sick of Defending Obamacare.” In it, Fournier criticized the president for delaying the employee mandate and making other changes to the Affordable Care Act.

“If not illegal,” Fournier wrote, “the changes are fueling suspicion among Obama-loathing conservatives, and confusion among the rest of us. Even the law’s most fervent supporters are frustrated.”

That same night, during a panel discussion on Fox News, liberal commentator Kirsten Powers expressed agreement with Fournier.

“I’m going to say amen, brother, because it’s exactly how I feel. People who have supported the law, who support universal health care, are constantly put in the position of having to defend this president, who has really incompetently put this together, rolled it out, and that’s why he has to do this. It’s why he has to keep doing this, because it’s not working,” Powers said.

“It’s now gotten to the point where it seems like there’s an exemption made for pretty much everybody except for individuals. A lot of people who have really been screwed over by the law, you know, who are left without insurance or with extremely expensive insurance.”

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