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. cal

    Sorry Joe but Obama has not been a complete failure but the Republican party has certainly been. This should be an eye opener for the entire country just how useless the Repubs have been in helping this country to bounce back from the recent economic doldrums that we have been in. They have fought against any and everything that the President has tried to offer or suggest in terms of accommodation and compromise. I would NEVER EVER vote for a Repub as long as I live- vote Repub? Not if you put a gun to my head.

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

    Just keep digging that hole repubs. Just keep digging

    July 25, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Kevin Collins

    Oh, please. If W. didn't get impeached for lying this country into the catastrophic Iraq War, no future president can.
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    A few Democrats grumbled about impeachment, back 2006 it was, when the revealing an undercover CIA agent thing hit news. Those Democrats had had enough of the Bush administration. I cannot say I blame them. It was obvious that there were no WMDs to be found in Iraq, and the administration was talking about a Surge while most Democrats simply wanted out. The administration was also in the midst of the NSA scandal involving warrantless wiretaps against U.S. citizens. I cannot say I blame them, which doesn't mean I agreed them. They had no hard evidence of which individual committed a crime. Although it was obvious that crimes had been committed, and while the list of suspects was long, there was no one holding a smoking gun. Plenty of suspects, but no arrests.

    July 25, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. MICK

    35% is actually a lot of people.

    July 25, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    juststephen250 says:
    July 25, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am
    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.

    Ahh. Almost 6 years after being elected and almost 2 years after being reelected, the uneducated hicks still claim he lied about his birthplace. Would a date stamped video of him shooting out of his mothers hoo hah help? God you ignorant people are so insanely pathetic that it's almost sad. Get over it, no matter where you think he was born, he is the POTUS. Something you will never be!

    July 25, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. david

    It doesn't matter the number its the subject of actions. And his actions continue to violate the constitution thru numerous of those acts. He flat out lied to the nation; intentionally for months to in essence force a legislative piece down Americas throat. Which realistically he has yet to read.

    July 25, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Sam

    GOD BLESS Obama for saving the american automotive industry!!! Financially this era has been the best for me...even better than in the Clinton years. Bush collapsed the economy don't forget!!

    July 25, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Anthony

    Wow 35% of the total voting public. this equates to The Republican Conservative Base wants Obama Impeached. anyone surprised by this?? i mean they have been calling for his impeachment since day one! And yet, not one of them come up with a breach in oath of office or law broken that can warrant a start to the impeachment process

    July 25, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. T.W.A

    I am sick and tired of liberals bashing republicans for not doing their job, they have presented bill after bill to the senate and they are shot down by Harry Reid, Until both sides share ideas nothing will get done and the president will use his pen and phone and do what the hell he wantys to do !!! Please vote these idiots out of office that are holding up progress ,whether republican or democrat!!

    July 25, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Melissa

    I was never asked; Add me to the 35% for impeachment.

    July 25, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Melli

    HAHAHAAHA! It cracks me up when the polls don't go their way, they make up reasons for why the polls are not valid, I mean comment after comment of why the poll is rigged, and when the headlines don't reflect their ideologies, they blame the big bad media! You people are hilarious! You can't make this stuff up.

    July 25, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. codemanx

    LOL so when 1/3 of the country is for impeachment, we spin that as a good thing? LOL Shouldn't it be more like, oh, I don't know, 0.1% maybe?

    July 25, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. Hogarth

    "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."
    Hold up. You mean there are STILL people who don't believe he was born in the US, despite his having produced exactly the same proof of citizenship that everyone else does? What must he do to prove it to you? Take you back in a time machine? Apparently so.

    July 25, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Lefty

    I'm fairly certain that history will look favorably upon President Obama's administration. I also believe that the conservative base is doing itself irreparable damage with the smear campaign. Remember folks, we were a few days away from financial bankruptcy and default when President Obama took office. And whoever says, "big deal" has zero understanding of macroeconomics or global finance.

    July 25, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    Republicans seem to have lost it all; political power, tempers, credibility, and now their minds. Impeach him? For WHAT? Some vague nonsense about how the power they gave Dubya and Cheney was not to be passed down to any other president except Sarah Palin? Sorry, you can't just have someone arrested because you hate his skin color so much you can't sleep at night. Get help, loonies. Pretending you can impeach the president and "repeal Obamacare" is just the way they get you to vote for them.

    July 25, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Mike Adams

    American Independent – That's what you took from the article? Did you not read the part about the percentage being right in line with past presidents during impeachment talks?

    July 25, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. EMayer

    Remember "impeach Bush" oh well nothing happened, he kept lying until he left office. This is just another political game the two sides play.

    July 25, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Jay

    CNN Tries so hard to spin any news as positive for the President.
    "ONLY 35% want to impeach him. " "His poll numbers are bad but holding steady"
    It's pathetic that they call themselves a news organization.
    If Obama was a CEO he would have been gone long ago.
    He doesn't lead, only lectures and whines.

    July 25, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Dyslexic doG

    Based on a poll, 35% want Obama impeached.

    Based on another poll, 100% of the 35% are FOX News watchers.

    July 25, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Hogarth

    "Hes running the country like a community organizer dictator."
    How is the President "running the country"? The President does not make the laws. The President does not alter the Constitution. The President is not "running" the country.

    July 25, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. masher

    This guy is no Martin Luther King. He talked the talk though.

    July 25, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Would love to see the demographic breakdown of this poll.

    July 25, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Guapo Grande

    Better question. What percentage of the 35% can explain what impeachment is, what impeachable offenses are, and how the process works? I'll set the over/under at 7%. Any takers?

    July 25, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. 1Sonny2

    The problem is this...if we dont nip this overreach in power now, it will only progress into further corruption in future Presidents because they will always say "well Obama did it so why cant I". Liberals really need to think about some of the things he's doing...just because he's their guy and it benefits them now, doesnt mean they shouldnt be concerned. You cant have it both ways and say its fine now but not if a Republican President gets in. Hypocrisy wont fly when it comes to abuse of power.

    July 25, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Here's a hard truth that birthers simply don't like and prefer to ignore. It is how presidential elections are conducted. The sitting POTUS appoints a commission to conduct the national election. Part of the commissions job is to make sure candidates and states follow the rules. If you were an independent and wanted to get on the ballot, then this is where you would take a signed petitions and apply.

    Another area of jurisdiction for the commission is certifying that candidates meet the requirements outlined in the U.S. Constitution both before and after the election. In other words, Barack Obama was certified as eligible to be POTUS by people appointed by Republicans, the Bush administration. If you continue to feel that some sort of hanky-panky has occurred, then I suggest that you point your fingers at Bush's appointees.

    July 25, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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