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. Maria

    You didn't include me in the survey. Add me to the list. He MUST be impeached. A government that doesn't follow its country's laws and doesn't protect its citizens should be removed!

    July 25, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. James Edwin Whedbee, MPA, MEd

    Take a different poll. How many favor impeaching/getting rid of all Members of Congress and Senators and replacing them with nonpartisans? I want to see that poll (now...please).

    July 25, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    You want to impeach those who are actually running this country? Impeach Congress, the lobbyists and the corporate 'persons' that employ and control both Congress and the lobbyists.

    The president has very little to do with the running of the country. Remember, the Executive proposes and the Congress disposes. And Congress is in the back pocket of the Koch's of this world.

    July 25, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's what gave Karl Rove his meltdown and Queen Anne her breakdown.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    She's doing much better these days.
    It seems that the meds she's been on since Concession NIght 2012 have really helped.
    Bless her curtain measuring heart!

    July 25, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Bill

    So, we now know about three quarters of Americans are idiots.

    42% approving of Obama's job as President, and 33% wanting to impeach him, means 75% of people are party sheep.

    July 25, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Disgusted

    It now seems our congress is willing to spend their time and our resources to impeach a president instead of doing their jobs. What will it accomplish? When will it end? I've lost all confidence in our government.

    July 25, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. MarkC

    I do not think that anyone of those 35% can explain any 1 reason for impeachment, only to say they don't want him in the White House.

    July 25, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. TDB

    I'm done. At some pont, Washington has got to realize that most people are tired of the partisan politics and constant mud-slinging. They are more worried abotu the next election rather than doing anything of substance.

    July 25, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    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.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I vote "no". No government assistance here.

    Additionally, I want a show of hands of the people who voted YES as to if they are on a government assistance program or not.

    July 25, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Observer

    With a 40 something approval rating and a 33% call for impeachment, there is no doubt that he is the most polarizing president ever (GWB was bad but he is worse). So much for bringing the country together.

    July 25, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Hahahahaha throw this stupid survey out. 90% of those who conduct these studies (outside of statistical and scientific research) have no idea what they're doing. A survey by telephone? Who's more likely to have a landline and who's more likely to be at home when these people call. The poll I'm sure was neither valid or reliable and was heavily skewed towards those with a more conservative approach and our elders.

    July 25, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. Geauterre

    The basic problem our nation has with impeaching a president is . . . determining what high crimes and treason a White House holder has to commit to BE impeached. After all, when you compare everyone's corruption, incompetence, inexperience, ignorance and criminal behavior, what are you left with? A Jimmy Carter?

    (Where was the fun in that?)

    July 25, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Fred Madden

    Obama has clearly stated that it is his way or no way! And in our screwed up 2 Party system that has some how taken to not being able to vote their own way in the past 10-15 years or so, has led to a complete meltdown of Congress.

    A True Leader would be able to work to bypass all this bi-partisan BS. But Obama is not a true leader. He is nothing more than a Pawn. And hence, is/and will become/ the worst President the US has ever had.

    July 25, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Farmer Joe in Brooklyn

    @ Will

    I'm part of the 35% in favor of impeachment. Atheist. Libertarian.

    Do you want me to assume that you're a patchouli-wearing, tree-hugging hippy living in a yert in Marin country..? If generalizing people to marginalize their opinion to fit your world view makes you feel better, go ahead.... but not ALL those who are opposed to the president's unprecedented power grab are uber-christian right-wing nutters.

    July 25, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. carl nelson

    This government "of the people, by the people , and for the people" is a failure. We should have stuck with the Queen. People do not want to participate in self governance, they can't even be bothered to vote. Blame blame blame, yes blame the government "of the People".,

    July 25, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Malory Archer

    Gracey
    The reds believe Obama should be impeached but they don't have any standing for doing it. Washington has no credibility.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    FIFY

    July 25, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Paddyboy

    Best President we have ever had considering the bag of waste he was handed. Most of you and your comments just kill me. I have no idea how or where your thought process comes from. Just amazing!

    July 25, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Jim McDonald

    I take it as paradoxical the notion that President Obama must be impeached because he has unlawfully expanded the powers of the presidency when in fact his has always been among the politically weakest and checkmated of presidencies.

    July 25, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Malory Archer

    Rob
    Sounds like a biased poll. Pretty much everyone I talk with in person regarding the President feel he should have been impeached a long time ago.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not surprising, considering studies show that the old adage "birds of a feather flock together" is true.

    July 25, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Frez

    It seems people just need someone to hate.

    July 25, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. Grumpster

    The 35% who still want the impeachment are one of (or more) the following: Fox News disciples, Drudge Report doorknobs, Hannity hacks, Limbaugh limbaciles, or Nugent nut cases....or any follows of the other ignoramuses out there like Palin, Bachman, Rafael Cruz, that Spanish pretending dude in Floriduh that likes water in weird ways, or if not, the ones who hang out on the lower end of the IQ Belle Curve.

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

    Waste of time, while I don't support Obama I don't think he done anything that rate impeachment. He as over step his authority by changing Obamacare which I think should be challenged. Only Congress can create and amend laws not the President. Obama and democrat time has come to an end.

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

    Anonymous you say the right are fascist. The left are socialist. The center, most of America, gets screwed. Time to get rid of the two party system. Let people run on their own merit.

    July 25, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. Kevin Collins

    Oh, please. If W. didn't get impeached for lying this country into the catastrophic Iraq War, no future president can.

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

    Why do I continue to read the comment section?

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