Trump Voters: President Should Be Able to Modify 14th Amendment but Not the 2nd: Poll

Most folks who voted for President Donald Trump might be fine if he uses an executive order to change the 14th Amendment—an idea he's floated—but not if he came for the 2nd Amendment. 

Trump desired change to the 14h Amendment would end birthright citizenship, while the 2nd Amendment, of course, protects the right to bear arms.

A new poll from YouGov/The Economist released on Wednesday asked respondents: "Do you think a President should or should not be allowed to modify the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with an executive order?"

Among Trump voters, a plurality—47 percent—said the president should be able to change the amendment. Thirty-one percent said the president should not be able to change the 14th Amendment, while 22 percent responded that they were not sure. 

trump supporters president second amendment President Donald Trump appears at a rally at the County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on November 5. Trump voters, a new poll indicated, think the president should be able to change certain amendments via executive order. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

It was an entirely different story when it came to the 2nd Amendment. That amendment, Trump voters indicated, should not be able to be changed by a president's executive order.

Sixty-five percent of Trump voters said a president should not be able to modify the 2nd Amendment with an executive order, according to the YouGov/The Economist surveyJust 17 percent said a president should be able to change it, while 18 percent were unsure. 

Folks who voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 were more consistent in their views on a president changing an amendment. Just 5 percent of Clinton voters said a president should be able to change the 14th Amendment via executive order and just 8 percent said a president should be able to modify the 2nd Amendment.

The poll from YouGov/The Economist surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults from November 4 through November 6. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

Trump has, of course, repeatedly touted that he would protect the 2nd Amendment. In an Axios interview, the president floated the idea of changing the 14th Amendment via executive order, an action many experts believed would be unconstitutional. 

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