Rasmussen Poll Reports Majority of U.S. Support Nullification

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In what must be bad news to the Obama administration, results of a new Rasmussen poll indicate that 49 percent of respondents believe that the regulation of gun ownership is a state or local issue. On May 3-4, 2013, Rasmussen Reports polled the opinions of 1,000 likely voters. The margin of sampling error is 3 percentage points.

What is even less favorable to the administration's program to exalt the federal government above the states is the poll's finding that 44 percent of those who participated in the survey believe states retain the right to nullify any act of the federal government they deem constitutionally invalid.

Of more particular interest to those in the liberty movement is the Rasmussen report that of "mainstream voters" who participated in the survey, 52 percent say that state governments have the right to refuse to enforce any federal act with which they disagree "on legal grounds."

Read that again: A majority of Americans who vote believe that the federal government does not have the exclusive or the ultimate right to impose its rule on states that regard its acts as unconstitutional 9r illegal.

And it must be pointed out that nullification is not the right of states to nullify any federal act. …