July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 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. Malory Archer

    tv22
    I find it shocking that so many people are in favor of impeachment. I don't support the President at all but don't think he should be impeached.

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    It doesn't matter what President Obama does; there's always going to be 33% of Americans who will refuse to accept his presidency as legitimate. The last 16-20 years have taught me that a President with a "D" after his name is NEVER going to be accepted by the hate-filled minority.

    July 25, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. dick

    The right wing hate mongers have nothing better to do and nothing better to offer the country but destruction, opposition, and hatred.

    July 25, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Jimmyjam048

    These are the same people who think the President was born in Kenya.
    When will Palin learn:
    1. The election is over.
    2. Sarah Palin will never, ever, ever, ever be President, VP or speaker of the house.

    July 25, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Mega-Loser

    Obama should be impeached for stupidity....Next time, lets gets a President that has some skin in the game....

    July 25, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. MNClownfactory

    The Tea Party and talking heads on the right have ruined America's tradition of dialog, informed decision making, respect for human beings and a positive view of the future for this country if we can all get together and work.
    We have a Congress that get's elected by the 20% activist crazy's in a district and they basically bring our country to skreeching halt because 20% of America hate the other 80% for various reasons.
    This congress has wasted my tax money on trying to reverse the ACA 30+ times, This congress has ignored our vets and our VA system, This congress has ignored the immigration issue for 4+years. This congress has ignored working on new tax laws to help the country. This congress has given everytme and every legal and finanical loop hole to big business inspite of impact on the working man and woman. This congress has forced religion on Amreicans, This congress has attacked the weakest and defensless (with the exception of those not born yet) in our society over and over. This congress should be hanged by the neck until dead!!

    July 25, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Will

    35% of Americans also believe that the world is literally 6000 years old and that Jesus spoke English. A lot of Americans are really dumb, basically. I have a feeling that if we kick out the states that used to call themselves the "Confederacy" it'd help boost this country's average intelligence significantly though.

    July 25, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. guest

    meanwhile...the echo chamber that is fox news was forced to bump up their displayed approval rating of obama

    July 25, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. TSB8C

    Impeachment should not be used or even considered simply because people are dissatisfied with a president's or a congressman's job performance. That's wen you vote them out next election cycle. The constitution calls for impeachment due to "high crimes and misdemeanors" (and some other instances). Obama has indeed committed crimes, violated the rules and oath of the office he holds, and openly brags about it on TV. Here are a few examples:

    1. "Fast and Furious" illegal gun running to known organized crime figures
    2. IRS targeting of political enemies
    3. Wire tapping AP journalists
    4. Numerous changes to ACA outside of Congress
    5. Violated the law when he released the 5 terrorists without congressional knowledge
    6. Violation of War Powers Act with Libya action without congressional approval
    7. Political appointments without Senate approval (SCOTUS confirmed this was wrong)
    8. Violation of the constitution when Obama served as the UN Security Council Chair in 2009 while also serving as US president.

    And there are more.

    July 25, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Impeach him for what? He hasn't done anything to be impeached for.

    Bush did a lot of things to be impeached for. Why aren't they calling for him to be arrested, tried and convicted?

    July 25, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. fedupwithamericanpolitics

    Bush was a liar and so is Obama. All part of the big american lie.

    July 25, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Charlie

    i agree, should not even try to impeach this guy. let him lead backwards for the next two years and destroy the relationships with the countries of the world. I want people to see who they voted for.

    July 25, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Dave

    I think President Obama deserves another term in office. He's the best president in my life time. George Bush Jr. was the worst and should have been impeached for stupidity.

    July 25, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. Barry

    35%....it is refresshing to see that the number of right-wing nutcases is small. I detested George W Bush. He draghged us into a war in Iraq on false pretenses. I NEVER thought he should be impeached.

    It is disturbing that anyone would think that "high crimes and misdemeanors" means that the person has different political beliefs and philosophies.

    July 25, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Indyswimmer66

    If we didn't impeach Bush, we shouldn't even be uttering the word "impeach" about any other President. And Bush was actually caught in a crime... WMD's! Or lack thereof.

    July 25, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Steve

    %35 sounds more like the republican and tea party losers
    More like %15 of the vote on the next election they will never win again !

    July 25, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. John

    It is funny that the title of the article says Majority doesn't support impeaching Obama. The fact that that many do should say something.

    July 25, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. farbeda

    has anyone calling for impeachment bothered to read the constitution? it seems the answer to this is no. these people should stop trying to hide behind that document and just say what they mean – they hate Obama and want him gone, just as they want any Democratic president gone. for some reason they thing the presidency should permanently belong to the republicans no matter what. and anyone else is illegitimately in that office. and the country is still waiting for them to do something – anything, but after 6 years they still can't get past the fact they lost 2 presidential elections. this country is now officially in decline.

    July 25, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Kurt

    This guy is a liberal train wreck......very embarrassing to all dems. Scams followed by lies and false promises.

    July 25, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Farmer Joe in Brooklyn

    Dodge, duck, dart, dive, and dodge.

    The president has been doing a great job dodging and deflecting so far. It's only a matter of time before he steps in a hole a little too deep.

    One day, all you liberal sheep will wake up and realize that our country's liberties have been completely usurped and we're living in a totalitarian/authoritarian dictatorship, like Russia (soviet or "democratic" Putin), China, or early Germany under Hitler and the Stasi.

    July 25, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. Brian

    I just want to say "what's your point" to all those comparing Obama with past presidents. Judging by his lawless actions. He should be impeached. Who care if he did more of whatever or less of whatever compare to previous president. Who's to say the previous president shouldn't have been impeached.
    Until we the people start to hold them accountable, they believe we exist for them and not the other way around.

    July 25, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    ✋✋ No assistance at all. Hard working AP clerk that pays her taxes. But keep generalizing. That's what gave Karl Rove his meltdown and Queen Anne her breakdown.

    Toodles!😊

    July 25, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Just more of the usual from the right. They refuse to govern, refuse to do any good for the country and continue to waste the taxpayers time and money. I used to vote for republicans but anymore I just can't support them. They have gone off the right wing cliff and fallen into the sea of fascism.

    July 25, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. John

    If that polling sample truly represents 1/3 of the country, then 100 million people think he should be impeached.

    July 25, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    Brian
    I just want to say "what's your point" to all those comparing Obama with past presidents. Judging by his lawless actions. He should be impeached. Who care if he did more of whatever or less of whatever compare to previous president. Who's to say the previous president shouldn't have been impeached.
    Until we the people start to hold them accountable, they believe we exist for them and not the other way around.

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    the comparison is that he hasn't done anything that every single president before him didn't do without so much as a peep from either side of the aisle. Why the double standard with "this President"?

    July 25, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Sid Airfoil

    I wonder what fraction of that 35% know the three things for which the Constitution says a President can be impeached. I wonder what fraction can identify a single thing that Obama has done that fits one of those three impeachable offenses. I wonder what fraction just want him impeached because they hate his guts. Polls like these are meaningless. All they do is point out how ignorant many Americans are about their own history and how their government works.

    Sid

    July 25, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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