Saturday, December 07, 2019
Pew Research: Most Americans continue to say that it would be "too risky" to give the nation's presidents more power, but the share expressing this opinion has declined since last year, with most of the change coming among Republicans.
The survey ... finds that Republicans' views on this question have changed markedly since last year.
About half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (51%) now say it would be too risky to give presidents more power, down from 70% last year. The share of Republicans who say presidents could operate more effectively if they did not have to worry so much about Congress and the courts has increased 16 percentage points since then, from 27% to 43%.
Democrats' views are virtually unchanged over the past year: Currently, 82% say it would be too risky to give presidents more power, while just 16% say presidents could be more effective with less concern over Congress and the courts.
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