Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters at least somewhat favor a proposal to call a Convention of the States as authorized by Article V of the U.S. Constitution. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% line up against a convention that would propose Amendments to the Constitution. Before going into effect, any proposed Amendment would have to be ratified by three-quarters of the states.
Those figures include 18% who Strongly Favor the idea and 15% who are Strongly Opposed.
Fourteen states have formally called for a Convention of the States. A convention will be called only if a total of 34 states issue a call. While authorized by the U.S. Constitution, a Convention of the States has never been called since the Constitution was drafted.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe that the Constitution could use at least some minor changes. That includes 81% of Democrats, 67% of Independents, and 51% of Republicans (see crosstab results). However, most who want change are thinking small. Just 28% of all voters believe a major overhaul is required.
If changes are made, 59% want them to place further limits on the federal government. Forty-one percent (41%) want changes that would make it easier for the federal government to get things done.
Data released earlier shows that 55% of voters believe the federal government is a threat to individual freedom.
Other data shows that 77% believe our political system is badly broken. Still, despite the failures of our political system, most voters (57%) believe America’s best days are still to come. Such a perspective may seem unusual to those who believe politics lead the nation forward. However, 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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