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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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... 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%. ...

Is the Republican Party not-so-slowly moving towards the support of a supreme executive, i.e., a dictatorship?


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-07 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remember when Bush said his job would be easier if this was a dictatorship?

He was being serious.

He was also correct.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-07 11:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is the Republican Party not-so-slowly moving towards the support of a supreme executive, i.e., a dictatorship?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-1

It's what they want. Their strange behavior isn't mysterious if you accept that.

Now, how do they believe dictatorship is a good thing. Because they've convinced themselves they won't be the ones hurt by it; that only the right people will be hurt. They see Trump fascism as a sort of club they can belong to and be special.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-07 11:44 AM | Reply

As always, it's just about which party is in power at that the time. Democrat in charge? Democrats are more acceptable of unlimited power and Republicans oppose it. Republican in power? You get the results we see above.


Opinions about presidential power shifted among members of both parties following Donald Trump's election. The share of Democrats saying it would be too risky to expand presidential power increased by more than 20 percentage points (from 66% in 2016 to 87% in 2017); Democrats' views have remained fairly steady since then. Republicans moved in the opposite direction; the share saying it would be too risky fell from 82% in 2016 to 65% in 2017. Their views remained at about that level in 2018 (70%) before declining again this year.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-12-07 12:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#4 ... As always, it's just about which party is in power at that the time. ...

Not necessarily.

In 2016 when you had 82% of the Republicans saying it would be too risky to expand presidential power, you did not have a Democratic AG giving speeches about how the executive branch should not be subject to the oversight of Congress.

You didn't have the executive branch actively obstructing justice.

In other words, for the numbers you cite, the Democrats were not actively seeking unlimited power, as appears to be occurring now with the Republican executive branch.

That difference in background negates your comparison.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-07 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Awfully quiet in here regarding the repugs.

#6 | Posted by hamburglar at 2019-12-07 08:38 PM | Reply

Only change is among Rs who have some kind of mental relationship to Yrump (i'm leaving the typo) in a long-distance Stockholm syndrome giving up freedoms when they are in only an ideological captivity.

#7 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2019-12-07 10:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course the GOP is all about expanded Presidential power.

They want government so small it's only one person!

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-08 07:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

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