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. Joeinnc1

    It sad that the first black president this country has turns out to be a total failure.

    July 25, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Most of the Americans do not care about the government.
    Liberals/Media confuse the public not telling the truth and the constitutionality of many decisions.
    So citizens don't care. It will go on till US may become like a third world country.
    Already the powerlessness of the US is seen in most of the events. US may be at the weakest point in history.

    July 25, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Goose66

    I think the question is ridiculous. Someone like Palin spouts off about impeaching the President and CNN is taking polls to show "there is no appetite for it." There have been plenty of calls by left-wing nuts to try Bush for war crimes – why does CNN not poll that? Answer: because liberal leaning CNN wants to make it look like mainstream Republicans are rallying around impeachment of the President. Also, I would expect this slanted commentary in an opinion piece by a Democrat hack, but not in a piece written by a supposed journalist. If you are going to compare the proposed suit against Obama to the impeachment of Clinton, then you should at least lay out the facts of why a law suit is appropriate for alleged violation of separation of powers versus why impeachment was appropriate for Clinton when he perjured himself in the Jennifer Flowers case while a sitting President (that is why he was impeached, by the way - he wasn't impeached for having an affair with Lewinsky, as CNN loves to report).

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

    1. How on earth is he a bad leader for not being able to get both sides to work together when one of those sides said we will not work with him no matter what. and they showed it but shutting down the government..
    2. Impeach him for what. Doing his job. Impeach him because he got tired of twiddling his thumbs waiting for the right to get over that they lost. What exactly is his impeachable offense. what he is doing other presidents have done 10 fold.

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

    You don't get to impeach someone because you don't like them. Their crime must be serious and actually be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. We have elections for President every 4 years where we can show our discontent. Add to that the fact that after 8 years they are out anyway. Impeachment is a waste of time. Was with Clinton, would've been with Bush, and would be today.

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

    35% of American are all out racist so that makes sense.

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

    "A True Leader would be able to work to bypass all this bi-partisan BS. "

    yeah, after the republicans swore to make him a one term president and oppose everything he tried to do?
    Maybe what you should have said is that a "true leader" would have jailed all those republicans for treason.

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

    I'd like to impeach all the members of congress for not doing what they're supposed to do.
    They certainly haven't been legislatures just obstructionists.

    July 25, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Name

    Hes running the country like a community organizer dictator. The fact that the liberals voted for him with his only qualifications as being clean and articulate according to the vice president tells you that he should have never been elected to begin with.

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

    Roger
    Mark R – Really, a house and senate issue?! Wake up and get informed. Socialist Dems have controlled the SENATE from 2006 thru TODAY, Socialist Dems have also controlled the HOUSE and SENATE from 2006 thru 2010.

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

    The Dems have never really "controlled" the Senate as they held 60 seats for all of about 10 weeks between the time Senator Franken was seated and Senator Kennedy's seat was filled by a red – AND Senator Kennedy had already left D.C. and was no longer voting by the time Senator Franken was seated. As for the House of Reps: They effed up big time by not impeaching the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue while they had the majority between January 2007 and his vacating the premises in January 2009. They actually did accomplish a few things between January 2009 and January 2011 – no thanks to the reds who did nothing but throw a two-year long temper tantrum while the Dems were "in control".

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

    I would prefer public execution, but I will settle for impeachment.

    July 25, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Capt Mike

    What are the High crimes and Misdemeanors committed that are needed to impeach?

    July 25, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. juststephen250

    He's already committed high crimes. Lying about his place of birth to illegally be able to obtain public office for one. He shouldn't just be impeached, but jailed.

    July 25, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. American Independent

    So the percentage of those who dislike Obama is down to 35%, while an overwhelming percentage of Americans dislike what is happening in the House. This does not bode at all well for the Republican Party in upcoming elections.

    July 25, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. james

    I know that a lot of you people don't like it that a black man is PRESIDENT, so if you refuse to change you will be left behind and heart broken and die bitter.

    July 25, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. BBB

    When it comes to Obama it's laugh now, cry later. Taking out the minorities, because of course most of them voted for him, you are left with a lot of people that know they made a huge mistake voting for this man. So all you can do is laugh at your mistake, but in the future, when this man's reign of terror on the presidency is over, we all will be crying. He will leave office with the USA being in the weakest position it's ever EVER been and more vulnerable than we were when Clinton failed to take Bin Laden and terrorism seriously.

    It's hard to believe that there's so many Americans who don't value and appreciate their safety. The economy and the fuel prices and things like that I never blame a president for or give them credit because they really don't have much control over those things. The economy is cyclical and always will be regardless of who is in office. But what a president can control is Americans safety and he has not done that, in fact it's worse than ever. When Obama became president the extremist and and terrorist danced in the streets because they knew they could run around the World like it's the Wild West without any consequences. When Obama took office terrorism was a big city problem, much easier to contain.....he's turned it into a problem for the whole Country. When terrorists start terrorizing "Small town America" that's when you folks that voted for him will be crying and realizing the mistake you made because your children will be living in a Country that is constantly going to be tested.

    And if we ever do end up with another president like Obama we probably deserve what we will most likely get. Any president that apologizes to terrorists and makes deals with them is as big of a national security threat as there is.

    July 25, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. Anonymous

    not alot??
    35% is not alot?
    what planet are you from Paul?
    1-2 % is not alot.
    35%. is alot.

    July 25, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. michael powell

    I think that Obama has been the most divisive and incompetent president in the history of this nation. I see nothing in his whole term to make me think otherwise. From his administration to the way he overrides congress. No end in sight to this madness.

    July 25, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. mark

    So what this tells me is that 33% of Americans have actually no idea what is going on around them.

    July 25, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    juststephen250
    He's already committed high crimes. Lying about his place of birth to illegally be able to obtain public office for one.

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

    Prove it.

    July 25, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Evan

    Impeach him for what? "Er...um...Benghazi...Solyndra...IRS...uh..." The right-wing just hates Obama because they hate him.

    July 25, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Jeff

    This so-called government, Democrat or Republican, does not represent the people. Obama like his predecessors before him works for the puppet masters behind the scenes. I know longer vote or participate in this big sham!

    July 25, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    Partisan
    I would prefer public execution, but I will settle for impeachment.

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

    On what charges – and be SPECIFIC.

    July 25, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Zvihab

    What a waste of a talented human being. President Obama has had to deal with an obstructionist Republican House most of his term. His policies if implemented would have left the U.S.A. stronger and more humane internally. It is a shame that so many people read or listen to one bias news source and form their opinions that way. You hear a lie often enough and you start to believe it

    July 25, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. bobo

    If you are President of the US and 35% of Americans WANT you impeached..... You are Not doing a good job! lol CNN makes it sound like its good to have 35% wanting to impeach you..... lololol

    July 25, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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