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. citizenUSA

    So if Obama accepted impeachment and left office, we'd have Biden. Is that really what we want?

    July 25, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I think they are underestimating the numbers...

    July 25, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. JG

    I've seen liberals criticize Reagan, conservatives criticize Clinton, and liberals criticize Bush etc. However, I can't say that I've seen this type of spewing hatred for a President. It's as if some people don't just dislike his ideas, they hate him as a person. Agree with him or not, he's still the President. There's nothing wrong with showing some class as a citizen.

    July 25, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Susan

    35% on a CNN poll would likely translate to about 80% elsewhere.

    July 25, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice aren't they?
    They are also the result of a constant influx of misinformation, spins and outright lies being fed to an unsuspecting and politically illiterate public by government and media entities.

    July 25, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Mikey

    I think the penalty for treason is more appropriate

    July 25, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Anonymous

    IMO, 35% is still quite high

    July 25, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. James Craig

    It's about race, nothing else

    July 25, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Larry Colin

    The first step in impeachment is a constitutional acceptable charge. So far no one has actually provided such charge that could stand the muster. Yes I know a bunch of you morons do not like the black man in the white house. But that is not impeachable. Some of you do not like his actions. But so far those actions are less than some of the saints of the other party like GW and Raygun. So mostly this is a bunch of talk by sore losers.

    July 25, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Wake up

    GOP insanity is insane. The People are sick and tired of their stupidity. If anyone deserved Impeachment was Bush W and Cheney, they are running free. They Impeached Clinton on a blow Job and what did it get them?

    July 25, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Peff Jetzke

    First The President has done no impeachable offense! Now Lets look at the past Presidents there was several impeachable offenses that were over looked because of the political state of congress. Moving on to the Senate and House, it's time to put voters in charge and clean out the government over the next two years vote these clowns and clownettes out of office put real working people in and lets get this great country back on track.

    July 25, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. gop Industrial Complex

    Its just like the right to think that 35% equals the majority of Americans. I'd like to see the poll asking should the gop congress be impeached...

    July 25, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. CTConservative

    So ....another way of looking at it is that 35% of the population of our country ARE IN FAVOR of impeaching our President. (Let's see.....population of over 300 million.....times .35.....carry the one) That's OVER 100 MILLION Americans who are SO FED UP with this administration that they are ready and willing to pull the plug on this DISASTROUS NATIONAL MISTAKE RIGHT NOW. I'd say that's quite a bit of "appetite".

    July 25, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. #thetruetake

    Not one person I know was polled on this. The numbers are bogus.

    July 25, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Ju

    The republicans are more worried about impeaching Obama the fixing the nations problems, they remind me of the kids at the play-ground that didn't want to share the play-ground

    July 25, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Steve in PA

    This 35% are the same ardent followers of the right who always said W was a good president, made good decisions, etc. They are die hard supporters and there is NOTHING anyone on the left could do to please them, nor to lower their support of their guys. They are ideologically aligned with the most conservatives views of the Republican party and who are hobbling it from making any concessions, any move into a more modern platform, and to stop beating the causes that they have clung too so tightly for so many decades that are frankly getting them no where.

    July 25, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Dead Bear

    This stunt is gonna backfire and cost the GOP majorities in both the House and Senate. Thank God for Republican stupidity!

    July 25, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. DeMcats

    I see some similarities

    July 25, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Christopher

    I do believe the in favor to impeach is way higher than that. Who in the hell did they poll?

    July 25, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    I agree with many posters, until President O starts a conflict based upon lies that killed over 4500+ young Americans, impeachment is off the table. The "cure" cost more in human lives than the original terror attack.

    And let us not forget the shrub's reason, "they tried to kill my daddy"!

    July 25, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. scott

    i voted for obama 2xs....i want the republicans to grow a sack and listen to sarah palin and impeach the president....then i get what i always wanted....president biden ;-)

    July 25, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. mim

    Is it too late to impeach the guy that preceded him? THAT guy should have been impeached.

    July 25, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. MTATL67

    Two plus years and House Republicans haven't accomplished a darn thing

    July 25, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. MaryM

    90% of Americans say the House republicans are the worse in the History of Congress.
    Repubs, get your act together, get rid of the TPers and help goveren or Get out.

    July 25, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. Melli

    I wish Republicans in Congress would just do their jobs and stop throwing tantrums with our taxpayer dollars. Get a life already!

    July 25, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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