America to Sarah Palin: Enough!
July 10th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
5 months ago

America to Sarah Palin: Enough!

(CNN) - A majority of voters say they've heard enough from Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania survey indicates that 54% of voters say they've heard enough from Palin and would prefer that the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate be less outspoken in political discourse. That includes nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and nearly four in 10 Republicans.

The poll's release came just a couple of days after Palin made national headlines by calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

Palin, a Fox News Channel contributor, remains popular and influential with tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives.

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Sen. John McCain, who tapped Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, said while he "respect(s) always Sarah Palin's views," her comments might hurt Republican chances of taking control of the Senate in 2014.

Asked by reporters on Thursday if its a mistake for the GOP to pursue impeachment, McCain said "yes."

"Because the real answer is to get control of the United States Senate. Then we can enact legislation which will curb exactly what Sarah Palin and others are saying they want to impeach him for. And you are never going to get 67 votes in the United States Senate either," he said.

McCain isn't the only high profile Republican dismissing Palin's call for Obama's impeachment. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner also split with the former Alaska governor on the issue.

What other former politicians would voters like to keep quiet?

Fifty-one percent of those questioned said they've heard enough from former Democratic presidential candidate and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. Forty-five percent said the same thing about former Vice President Dick Cheney, who's been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama.

The poll indicates that 43% said they've heard enough from former House speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," with four in 10 saying the same thing about former Vice President Al Gore, and 32% saying they've heard enough from Gore's old boss Bill Clinton.

The NBC News/Annenberg poll was conducted June 30-July 3 and July 5-7, with 1,137 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Who's missing from the list? Make your nominations in the comments below.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Capitol Hill Reporter Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report


Filed under: Impeachment • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (534 Responses)
  1. Steve

    I think we have heard enough out of a lot of former,and sitting politicians. It is all a bunch of baloney and the citizens of the US should have their head examined for listening and believing anything any of them say. They are out for themselves and party. Whatever will win the next election and the citizenship foots the bill. Shame on all of us.

    July 10, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. tstorm92

    Palin is just doing what Conservatives do best. Create a problem that doesn't exist, blame the other side for it, all the while screaming "Look at me, I'm important! Look at me!" Palin and her T bagging extremist friends will go down in the history books as to why the Republican party failed in modern society.

    July 10, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is it me or did the author really me McCain tabbed Palin or Tapped?
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Nope.
    He wrote "tapped" and he meant tapped.
    Please tell me you're NOT surprised.
    We're talking about Sarah Palin right?
    (Giggle, giggle!).

    July 10, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Democrats are so blinded by Obama's ignorance that it's just sad! Sarah Palin needs a place in

    July 10, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. tstorm92

    Palin is, like most conservatives, an extremist with a huge ego problem that can't stand for a minute that no one might not be paying attention to her ignorant rants.

    July 10, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Tone

    @smith

    @Tone-Why do you dislike Palin or can`t you say?

    This shoud be interesting.

    First and foremost she is racist, vindictive, and a liar

    July 10, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Democrats are so blinded by Obama's ignorance that it's just sad! Sarah Palin needs a place in the White House way before Obama. Go SP!

    July 10, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Fred Evil

    So 6 in 10 Republicans still want to hear from her?!
    What's wrong with them?

    July 10, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. mbutler91c

    I wonder how many of the polled were Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party, Conservative, or Liberal. You know there is an old adage – "The truth hurts".

    July 10, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. smith

    @Rudy-Your right, late night comic and bloggers don`t speak for repubs or dems. So now that you called Justin out for saying the dems are sexist are you gonna call out Sniffit, Marie, and the rest that claim the GOP is the kkk or bunch of racist politicians?

    July 10, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    smith

    @Tone-Why do you dislike Palin or can`t you say?

    This shoud be interesting
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Aah yup!
    We're waiting....

    July 10, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Grumpster

    4 in 10 republicans? Those must be the ones left that still think Ike wasn't a socialist. The rest are way too attached to their pet lunatic to ever let go.

    July 10, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. mbutler91c

    There is an old adage "The truth hurts". I have no real love for Palin, I have less for Obama, and yes, I feel he should be brought up for impeachment.

    July 10, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. sifto

    Mallory archer, you are making that up..no one trashes liberal women on cnn and uses vile language..grow up..

    July 10, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Grumpster

    Jo....the people have overwhelmingly said for Palin to shut her pie hole.

    July 10, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Big Ben

    This is a woman who has not accomplished a thing in her life. She was picked to be VP by an old man that regretted his decision in the beginning. She needs to go back to Alaska to watch Russia from her backyard, or meet with Queen Elizabeth to solve the world problems.

    July 10, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. woodie

    I don't mind she continues talking trash. She represents the Republican party, along with Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. God help them. They can't help themselves.

    July 10, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    He has every right to be in the WH. He was elected and reelected by a majority of Americans.

    People like donna are the reason the GOP is the laughing stock, still can't get over the Hawaiian born POTUS being elected. But these same people will support Ted Cruz, who definitely wasn't born in America.

    July 10, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Tony in STL

    Only the media keeps it going for certain trashy/ignorant/venemous people! I'd forgotten about her .. again! But thanks for the reminder.

    July 10, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. seangregory1965

    The hate filled comments about Ms Palin are proof of what the left is all about. HATE

    July 10, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. BC

    The biggest joke is you Liberals.you have your King and he's the worst president of all time!! @ Dominica mama for Obama...go home!!! You are part of the problem.

    July 10, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Brian

    In which are has Palin succeeded? She should stop wasting our time, unless she can come up with something intelligent.

    July 10, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. johnwest

    Alaska is not far enough away for her to go. twit!

    July 10, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Boomer in Mo

    Dead Bear,
    Poor Sarah is a dull knife. It took her six years to get a four-year college degree and she had to make a run through a JC to shed the upper level courses she failed from her transcript. She never met an honest fact she wanted to know.

    July 10, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. SallyLu

    I am another one who doesn't mind if she continues to run her mouth. The majority of Americans are smart enough to see through her blantant lies. She has her script writers come up with the most outrageous thing they can think of in order to get her name in the headlines. Because her lies are so transparent, she is causing more and more Americans to question what they hear on TV and actually do a little bit of fact checking, and that is a good thing!

    July 10, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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