July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit

Washington (CNN) – There’s not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday morning also indicates that a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far in expanding the powers of the presidency.

Earlier this month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee, called for Obama's impeachment, becoming the latest voice on the right to make the suggestion.

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But according to the poll, only 35% want Obama impeached, with nearly two-thirds saying the President should not be removed from office.

There's an obvious partisan divide, with 57% of Republicans but only 35% of independents and 13% of Democrats backing a move to impeach Obama.

"Anti-impeachment sentiment is roughly where it was for past presidents - 67% opposed Bill Clinton's impeachment in September 1998, and 69% opposed impeaching George W. Bush when a few Democrats began talking about it in 2006," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

"One reason may be that Americans take impeachment very seriously. Only about one in five say that impeachment is a valid response if Congress is dissatisfied with a president's policies or the way he is handling his job. Nearly eight in 10 say impeachment should be reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors," Holland adds.

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The poll's release came one day after the House Rules Committee approved – along a party line vote – a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against the President. The GOP controlled House is expected approve it next week.

Boehner and House Republicans plan to sue Obama over his health care law. They claim he violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress and changing the law's employer mandate on his own.

By a 57%-41% margin, Americans say House Republicans shouldn't file the suit. As with the question on impeachment, there's a wide partisan divide over the lawsuit.

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When it comes to expanding the power of the presidency, has Obama gone too far? Forty-five percent say yes, with three in 10 saying the President's actions have been about right, and 22% saying he hasn't gone far enough.

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The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (995 Responses)
  1. Don't Hide It Under a Bush

    It's time for the GOP/FOGZ to get off the drugs and do some work. Impeaching a president is historically a huge waste of time...although that is what the GOP is good at. Let's sue them for not doing their jobs.

    July 25, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. cthulhu78

    Where's the poll of how many think Congress is the REAL problem?

    July 25, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Dave

    "A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday morning also indicates that a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far in expanding the powers of the presidency.......

    Note the phrase.."small majority". lol.

    July 25, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Don't Hide It Under a Bush

    BTW: Impeaching does not remove a president from office.

    July 25, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Amy

    I give zero credence to that poll. Extremely small sample size, with 75% of people interviewed on land lines.

    But a sad day it is when any number of Americans have no clue that specific criteria has to be met for an impeachment, none of which have even remotely been met. I blame willful and proud ignorance on their part.

    July 25, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. definitely

    Based on what you have read or heard, do you believe that President Obama should be impeached and removed from office, or don't you feel that way?

    Based on what you have read or heard, do you believe that the Republicans in the U.S. House should file a lawsuit against Obama, or don't you feel that way?

    Weird questions! Why just say what you mean, like:
    Based on what you have read or heard on liberal media, do you believe that President Obama should be impeached and removed from office, or you don't really feel that way do you, remember the IRS and the NSA may record this for quality purposes?

    Based on what you have read or heard on liberal media, do you believe that the mean ole Republicans in the U.S. House should file a lawsuit against King Obama, or you don't really feel that way do you, remember the IRS and the NSA may record this for quality purposes?

    Or you could simply ask:
    Do you believe President Obama should be impeached? Yes (√) / No ( ) / Not Sure ( )
    Do you believe that if President Obama is impeached he should be removed from Office? Yes (√) / No ( ) / Not Sure ( )
    Do you believe that a law suit against President Obama is warranted? Yes (√) / No ( ) / Not Sure ( )

    July 25, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Don't Hide It Under a Bush

    GOP/FOGZ continue to strengthen their hold on the far right bottom corner of the political box. You own those people GOP. What good does it do to make the rabid,rabid-er and not get appeal to actual middle of the spectrum voters?

    July 25, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Dave

    If you don't like Obama, you are a racist! What an intellectually dishonest statement. What an infuriating comment! Look through this string of posts and see all the race card baters. Sickening.

    July 25, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Asturiano

    Nazi racists are alive and well

    July 25, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    My question what is the make-up of the 35%?? Are they 100% white?? I just would like to know.

    July 25, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. GTS58

    I still would like to know why Obama, to this day, retains a bevy of lawyers dedicated to stopping any investigation of release of his background records?

    July 25, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Can we impeach Congress instead?

    July 25, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Dave

    If you don't like Obama, you're a racist! What an infuriating and idiotic thing to say! Look through this string of posts and note all the race card baters. Sickening.

    July 25, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. OBAMA - THE OPEN BORDERS PRESIDENT

    What they would love to do and what they end up doing are completely different. Everyone knows impeachment would be a bad move for the GOP – even every liberals best friend Dick Cheney agrees. Recent experience says the smart move is to just pick the scab for the next two years.

    July 25, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Bob Musil

    Yessiree Bub, The GOP is at again. They do not have any chance at a lawsuit so they talk impeachment.
    They WANT to lose everything. They are working hard and successfully to show how little they care for the average American. Say Forty Seven Percent. Again. Again. Then say Mission Accomplished. Again. Again. Then say Read my lips, No More Texas. Sorry, that was wishful thinking. I meant No More Taxes..Again.
    The Ukrainian situation is Obama's fault. The war in Iraq is Obama's fault. hot weather is Obama's fault. I did not win the Lotto and so that is Obama's fault. Is stupidity transmittable?

    July 25, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    It's quite sad that Fox News could influence so many many to throw common sense to the wind. Things might be better if the influence was received by this info-outlet rather than manufactured by it.

    July 25, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Mikeed13 says:
    July 25, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm
    Where was the poll run? Harlem

    You just have to love the typical RWNJ's....

    July 25, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. exodus84

    I say impeach him. When the worthless GOP has to present actual evidence instead of lunatic talking points we can finally be rid of them for a while.

    July 25, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. biodome

    George W. Bush cut my stock portfolio in half, under Obama it has more than tripled and the stock market is at an all time high. Republicans are better for the economy Ha! I'd vote for Obama again

    July 25, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. No more wasting people's time & money

    Even if the President could have committed a crime, the man has served 3 quarters of his presidency. Does it make any sense to use millions and millions of money because of 2 yrs left of his job? When will republicans get time to do the really job for the people? With the impeachment, what will people benefit from it? Let them go for impeachment/lawsuits, people will go after them come Nov.

    July 25, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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