July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
5 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. p87n

    33% of people who don't under stand what impeachment is.

    July 25, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. JeffreyRO5

    Impeach President Obama? For what?!

    July 25, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. RAH

    Why anyone would even suggest impeaching one of the best President's this country has ever had is beyond me. My heart goes out to him becuase during the 2010 midterm elections the amercian people let him down by not getting out and voting to keep his support base in place so he could continue to do his great work and get this country back on it's feet. To all the obstructionist repubs out their, we are coming!

    July 25, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. Tom Urnetta

    The president said no to keystone, he is arrogant, and has hurt and seems to be against the will of the American people.

    July 25, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. JC

    President Biden? No thank you.

    July 25, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. allenwoll

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    Of that 35%, 99% are GoPers - Insane GoPers ! ! !
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    What would represent progress for ALL Mankind, regardless of their (rational) politics - ? ?
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    Completely eliminate most GoPers ASAP - The rabid ones ! ! !
    .

    July 25, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  7. guessagin

    As a response, the Democrats should start impeachment proceedings now against the next Republican president, just to show how ridiculous this current impeachment talk is.

    July 25, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  8. Johnny 5

    Only 35% you say? Lets try this; anyone who enters this comment board that demands the impeachment of Obama, place your vote in the box. If CNN can have a poll, then so can we. May the best man win!

    July 25, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. Taz

    Well, there you have it. Please put these polls to rest- his term will end soon. Good gosh....

    July 25, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  10. liberal disease

    just let him fundraise for the next 2 years and keep him out of the way.

    July 25, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. Ed F.

    How dare he have 108 less executive orders than Bush and 198 less than Reagan.

    He's not living up to the dictator status the right wing paint him out to be. LOL

    July 25, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. MIchael

    I want a show of hands of the people who voted NO as to if they are on a government assistance program or not.

    July 25, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. BoThome

    The other 65% say impeach the House and Senate, as they are the ones that actually run the country and control the purse strings. They are the ones that have gotten us in the state of affairs we have now. Focusing all your efforts to make someone a 1-term President (even 2 years after being elected to his second term) and saying NO to any compromise that doesn't get them at 90% of what they want is no way to run a country Congress...

    July 25, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Boss

    Poll: 5% of Americans understand how impeachment works

    July 25, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. Mark R.

    If anyone should be impeached it's the republicans in the house and senate who consistently hold this country hostage like spoiled brats everytime the budget needs renewed. Instead of all these ridiculous impeachment ideas, lawsuits and repeated investigations, maybe they should be spending more time finding ways to rebuild our infrastructures, return the peoples rights, improve our economy, etc. They are elected and paid to solve problems not sit on their backsides whining and pointing fingers at others who are trying to do what they were elected to do.

    July 25, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. Cooter_Jones

    The only people participating in these polls are seniors who still have a land line telephone.
    And 35% is probably the percent of Republicans left in this country.

    July 25, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Miguel

    No to impeachment, but when we have new leadership in the White House investigate these Chicago cesspool politicians and throw them if jail if warranted.

    July 25, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. William

    I would like to see a poll along of the lines of whether Congress should be replaced wholesale or not.

    July 25, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  19. Evelyn Connaway

    Impeach him – for what? We should have impeached all the republican presidents we have had, for warmongering and interfering in other nations government and affairs. Ignorance is an unlimited natural resource among the republican party in the USA.

    July 25, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  20. John

    Look how many time dumb libs try to defend Obama by comparing him to, what they call, the worst president of our time. That is more telling that the 35% who want him impeached, especially when you consider the 47+% that would support him if he killed someone in full view of the American People...

    July 25, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  21. Norma Vessels

    Our President hasn't put out as many executive actions as past Presidents. Look it up on Google. It's about the only way President Obama can get anything done that will help us. The Republicans in the House certainly aren't lifting a finger to help.

    July 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Red Meat Friday!!! Eat up num num num num!!👅👅
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Oh my, yes indeedy!
    Could I have a side of sweet potatoes with my slab?!
    Deelish!
    Happy Friday my sister!

    July 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Dave Long

    This clown is good for one thing, and that is making the Carter Administration look good.

    July 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  24. Republicans Anonymous

    Wow, this nation is on the verge of mayhem. The foreign owned Faux Nose channel seems to be bound and determined to divide and conquer our nation.

    July 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. M

    Probably the same 35% who wanted to impeach Clinton for lying about getting a BJ in the Oval Office.

    July 25, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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