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Poll: Voters don’t like Obama skirting Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs the White House on February 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama was scheduled to travel to Cambridge, Maryland and Palm Springs, California later in the day.
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs the White House on February 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama was scheduled to travel to Cambridge, Maryland and Palm Springs, California later in the day.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

A new Fox News survey indicates that Americans, by a wide margin, do not approve of President Obama’s attempts to implement policy by circumventing Congress through executive orders and bureaucratic regulation.

The poll found that nearly three-quarters of Americans – 74 percent – believe Obama’s use of executive orders to bypass Congress is not how government is supposed to function. Interestingly, that figure includes 54 percent of Democrats.

In addition, 80 percent of independent voters and 93 percent of Republicans believe the rampant use of executive privilege is anathema to the constitutional process of Congress initiating legislation for presidents to either sign or veto.

Even when the survey asked respondents to put their personal politics aside about how they believe government should work, 60 percent said they did not approve of Obama sidestepping the Legislative Branch. Only 30 percent approved.

In other findings:

-- Obama’s overall job performance rating: 42 percent approve, 53 percent disapprove

-- Just 9 percent gave him a grade of “A” over his handling of the economy; 24 percent gave him an “F”, with just 22 percent in the middle with a grade of “C”

-- Most were pessimistic about the economy; 58 percent said they believe the worst is “yet to come”

-- A majority – 54 percent – said they believe the federal government is providing “too many services” to people, while 19 percent said the services being provided were “about right” and 24 percent saying the government did not provide enough services

-- Fifty-five percent said they believe it is a “bad idea” for government to “make policies that spread the wealth from the people who make more money to the people who make less,” compared to 39 percent who said it was a good idea

-- Fifty-two percent of respondents said they believe Obama’s policies promote class warfare, while 40 percent said they did not

The survey is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,006 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 9-11, 2014. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.