Poll: Obama over-reached on F&F executive privilege

Thomas Lifson
The mainstream media cofferdam around the Fast and Furious scandal didn't work. Reassurances from Democrats and their media lickspittles that this is just a "fishing expedition" have been to no avail. The Hill has taken a poll, and discovered that the cover-up isn't working.  Neil Stanage writes:

A clear majority of likely voters believes President Obama has exercised his executive power inappropriately - particularly in blocking the release of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a new poll for The Hill. (snip)

Sixty-one percent of independents said they disapproved of the president's actions, and just 25 percent approved. Among Republicans, opposition to the president's use of executive privilege was more entrenched at 78 percent.

Even 28 percent of Democrats, and 30 percent of self-identified liberals disapproved of Obama's position.

Before the GOP takes too much comfort, though, keep in mind that Obama's complaints about Congress have taken some root, as well:

But in a sign that the electorate's frustration extends to Capitol Hill, voters by a significant margin also feel Congress has behaved in an obstructionist manner toward the president.

Amid the discontent over the behavior of both Obama and members of Congress, the poll found a strong preference among voters for a return to one-party rule in Washington.

The margins of congressional disapproval are smaller, however, though the independents are a problem for the GOP:

By a 7-point margin - 48 percent to 41 percent - likely voters said Congress had been obstructionist toward the president. Independents sided with Obama by a margin of 13 points, 51 percent to 38 percent.

Hat tip: Ed Lasky

The mainstream media cofferdam around the Fast and Furious scandal didn't work. Reassurances from Democrats and their media lickspittles that this is just a "fishing expedition" have been to no avail. The Hill has taken a poll, and discovered that the cover-up isn't working.  Neil Stanage writes:

A clear majority of likely voters believes President Obama has exercised his executive power inappropriately - particularly in blocking the release of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a new poll for The Hill. (snip)

Sixty-one percent of independents said they disapproved of the president's actions, and just 25 percent approved. Among Republicans, opposition to the president's use of executive privilege was more entrenched at 78 percent.

Even 28 percent of Democrats, and 30 percent of self-identified liberals disapproved of Obama's position.

Before the GOP takes too much comfort, though, keep in mind that Obama's complaints about Congress have taken some root, as well:

But in a sign that the electorate's frustration extends to Capitol Hill, voters by a significant margin also feel Congress has behaved in an obstructionist manner toward the president.

Amid the discontent over the behavior of both Obama and members of Congress, the poll found a strong preference among voters for a return to one-party rule in Washington.

The margins of congressional disapproval are smaller, however, though the independents are a problem for the GOP:

By a 7-point margin - 48 percent to 41 percent - likely voters said Congress had been obstructionist toward the president. Independents sided with Obama by a margin of 13 points, 51 percent to 38 percent.

Hat tip: Ed Lasky