Monday, September 15, 2008

Poll: Public opposes increased presidential power

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A new poll says two out of 3 Americans are strongly opposed to expanding the president's powers at the expense of Congress or the courts, even if it would improve national security or the economy.

The Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll finds people wary of increased government authority, and especially skeptical of increasing the president's powers after the controversies surrounding the Bush administration.

The government's power to take private property for redevelopment had little support in the poll, not even when owners are paid a fair price and the project creates local jobs.

The poll also finds a generational gap over the issue of gay marriage. More than two-thirds of those under 35 favor the recognition of gay marriage. Less than 40% of those over 35 feel the same way.

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