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. Anonymous

    sure , a cnn poll will say that, but ask intelligent people and you will get a totally different answer.

    July 25, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  2. Rosa

    That 35% us the talk radio listening, Fox news watching crowd. If we could just get them all to Texas and get the sane people out if Texas, Texas could secede and the rest of the country could finally move forward.

    July 25, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  3. Name

    Where were these guys when Cheney and GWB in office?

    July 25, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  4. Dewayne

    If you keep up with politics and demographics and the rise of hate groups you see where this 35 percent come from and its not complicated. Does the color red ring a bell.

    July 25, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  5. Anonymous

    so essentially they poll dem liberals and fascists and come to this conclusion? wonder what the same poll taken on Fox would say..but then again no one watches CNN anyway so it probably had about 10 in the poll

    July 25, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  6. acsdf

    Sigh... impeachment is not like a vote of no confidence in the Parliamentary system. Whenever people call to impeach incompetent presidents I just have to shake my head at their stupidity.

    July 25, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  7. Stephen Daugherty

    These people, unfortunately, only listen to themselves. It's part of what's destroying them. You can't keep control of a country and not listen to a majority of its people.

    July 25, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  8. Thom Lestle

    I would love to see a poll of how many Americans believe that CNN is doing their job well.

    July 25, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  9. Skeptimist

    Impeachment planning begins during the interim between the president's election & inauguration.
    That's the 21st Century State of the Union. (Union?)
    Fact is, we don't like each other anymore.
    Maybe we never did.
    But we used to be polite enough to hide it.

    July 25, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  10. Billy

    Yes, it is about time to impeach this president who is destroying our country – he is operating above the law. Sorry NBC and CBS has an article about who is the worst president in US history. Yes they are right – the above the law president

    July 25, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  11. Dee

    Who would believe this poll?

    July 25, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  12. cleat

    again, i am suprised that since its a cnn poll, it didnt say 128% of americans dont want him impeached...

    July 25, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  13. None

    Why is this even a headline? CNN is becoming more and more more right wing especially in your salacious anti-Obama headlines.

    July 25, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Proceed teaklans.
    The more you beat up on our twice elected President the more people realize what a bunch of useless morons, except those gerrymandered until death, are.
    Another waste of our taxpayer money for the haters in congress.

    July 25, 2014 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  15. Charles Hawkins

    What are the high crimes and misdemeanors? Sarah Palin has no clue what eother of those are, simply disagreeing with a president isn't grounds for.impeachment. Republicans are setting dangerous precedents. If and when there is another republican president do they really think that democrats aren't going to behave the same way as they have with this president? Probably not the racial component because conservatives in this country are not going to nominate anyone of color for the presidency anytime soon.

    July 25, 2014 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  16. keithjames

    when you poll 1,000 democrats, i would expect these results....

    July 25, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  17. Mike

    Would we really get an accurate poll from CNN? Their boy does not wrong.

    July 25, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  18. just asking

    35% wanting impeachment (including 13% of democrats , must be the racist wing of the democrat party) is still pretty high. had obama implemented the employer mandate of obamacare as the law had required and tens of millions of americans lost their healthcare plans and been forced into the exchanges to pay more, it could easily be over 50%. that debacle is still waiting to happen after the november election, which is exactly why obama delayed it (for purely political reasons).

    July 25, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  19. carl yamaguchi

    Gravy train for the administration, turmoil for us Americans.

    July 25, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. Joel

    I see 33% in your poll results but your headline says 35%. CNN, why are you massaging the poll results?

    July 25, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  21. Gary

    I didn't get to take the impeach poll, and I say impeach him.

    July 25, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  22. Billy battle

    1. Why is his breaking news....2. as an independent voter, I am so sick and tired of hearing impeachment thrown around...has Obama has domestically been a failure...yes. But if your not going to attempt to impeach or try Bush and Cheney for the Iraq war debacle. Then you are nothing more than a partisan hypocrite and dismissed as such, and your a HUGE and of the problem.

    July 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    -Is USA going crazy, out of mind? Why impeach? For doing the best job? For passing ACA Law? Nor killing Bin Laden?For stopping Two wars? For stocks above 17k? For noble prize? I bet this nation is huge venomous. Listen, be ready for woman president, then oriental American president. Things change, if you don't like pack up go to Holland.

    July 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  24. Mark

    If you were to ask these people to name one thing he has done to be impeached, the stick their finger back in their ear. Where do they get these people?

    July 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  25. Sam

    Can we impeach all of congress for expanding their powers of uselessness?

    July 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
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