Most Americans Favor Constitutional Amendment Limiting Federal Power and Spending

A new poll indicates that a substantial majority of Americans now support a convention of the states as described in the Constitution to propose amendments to limit the federal government’s power and authority to spend money.

The Trafalgar Group conducted the poll earlier this month and surveyed 1,000 likely voters.

It shows there is support across party lines for pulling back on executive power and federal spending through the process set out in Article V of the Constitution. A convention of states would involve state delegations gathering to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Such a convention must include 34 states to meet the two-thirds requirement to propose amendments to all the states.

Any amendments proposed in a convention would have to be ratified by 38 states in order to meet the three-fourths requirement to go into effect.

The poll found that 63.3% of independent voters support amendments that would place term limits on lawmakers and federal officials, reinforcing restrictions on the power granted to the federal government, and limiting spending authority.

Among Republicans, fully 81.3% support a convention that would propose amendments to pull back on spending and overall governmental authority.

Even a majority of Democrats support the amendments at 50.2%. Only 25.6% of Democrats stand in opposition, with 24.2% uncertain.

Convention of States Action president Mark Meckler said that all voters realized that Washington is “fundamentally broken” no matter who is in power. He said that the people are ready for “something dramatic to change the game.”

Meckler said the amendment process could allow the country to “reboot the relationship between the federal government and the states.” He said that the founders included Article V in the Constitution because they saw our current problems as inevitable. He said that public support is now in place “across all demographics to make this happen.”

The legislatures in 19 states have adopted resolutions for an Article V convention since the Convention of States Action group started its campaign. The legislatures in another 17 states are currently considering resolutions. If 15 of them complete the process, the path would open to convening a convention of state delegations.