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Poll: Majority want Obama to work with Congress

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President Obama taunted Republicans on Tuesday for opposing his growing list of executive actions, but a new poll shows most Americans would prefer he work with Congress instead of going it alone.

The Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted June 28-29 found that 55 percent think the government should only do what the president and Congress can agree on when it comes to important issues facing the nation. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Of course that hasn't been happening. Obama has been pursuing his "pen and phone" strategy of taking executive actions against the objections of Republicans who control the House, leading House Speaker John Boehner to announce last week that the chamber would sue Obama for executive overreach.

"So sue me," Obama said Tuesday, vowing to keep the executive actions coming. "As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Of course, House Republicans are doing many things -- it's just that Obama doesn't agree with them and they are blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate. And the poll results show that while 58 percent of Democrats agree with his attempts to pander to his base (no surprise there), 61 percent of independent voters -- who tend to decide elections -- side with the majority view.

This isn't good news for the president as midterm elections approach. His oft-repeated line that Republicans "have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class" may work with Democratic donors, but it's not working with voters.

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