Politics

Poll: Americans Prefer State Over Federal Government Power

| by Ray Brown
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The majority of Americans believe the state government, rather than the federal government, should have more control.

The Gallop poll found that 55 percent of Americans prefer state government and 37 percent would rather give power to the federal government. Gallup pointed out that this preference for state government comes at a time when several states are suing the federal government over its directive to allow transgender students in public school to use the bathroom and locker room of their gender identity.

However, it's unlikely that the transgender bathroom laws have had much of an impact on people's preference for state government. Back in 1981, 56 percent of people preferred state government power, while 28 preferred the federal government takes the reigns.

But there is a partisan split over the idea of state vs. government powers. Most Democrats, 62 percent, prefer the federal government. But 78 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independent voters prefer state government.

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Democrats might currently prefer federal government because President Barack Obama is a Democrat and two-thirds of state governors are Republicans.

And during the Obama administration, state-level Republican politicians have been fighting the federal government on a variety of issues.

“Governors and state attorneys general have begun to challenge what they view as the federal government’s overstepping its constitutionally prescribed role,” wrote Scott Gaylord, an associate professor of law at Elon University School of Law, in a New York Times op-ed. “In 2010, more than 20 states filed suit against the federal government claiming that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exceeded Congress’s power.”

That would likely to continue being the case if presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

But if Republican nominee Donald Trump wins the presidency, Democrats could be looking to state-level power to serve their political interests, according to Gallup.

Sources: The New York Times, Gallup/ Photo credit: AgnosticPreachersKid/Wikipedia

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