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Why might a presidents legislative proposal receive strong public support from the nation but opposition from congress?

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April 03, 2014 3:47PM

Any controversial issue is likely to get "strong" support - say 45% to 55%. Congressmen are supposed to be a little more thoughtful, better informed and a little wiser than the great masses. Presidents are often politicians and propose what they think will attract the most votes, not necessarily what is best for the country. Congress tends to favor what is popular where the live and some issues are more popular with certain areas or segments of the population.