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. Hillary

    Again, A CNN 'poll' of a whole 1K people. Mostly, dems? But as Duke writes above, 'you can't impeach someone for imaginary nonsense you heard on Fox.'

    July 25, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Ned Phree

    30% of Americans also believe the following:

    That gay people can choose to become straight.
    That 9/11 didn’t happen in 2001.
    That they aren’t the product of evolution.
    That medical care is too expensive to seek out.
    That the time has come for armed revolution.
    That global warming is mainly caused by “natural changes in the environment.”
    That you can get your news from Facebook.
    That the Pacific Ocean does not appear on a world map.
    That another war in Iraq is a good idea.

    ...I won't be listening to these people, and I can't comprehend why anyone else would want to either! :)

    July 25, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. fact

    I totally agree with Raul Duke. It would not surprise me to know that close to 30% of US citizens are opposed to Obama primarily because of his race . How sad! I found this out from a neighbor recently who has vehemently despised Obama for ever. He disguised his racism for years until recently when the frequency of his racist emails began to increase and become more blantently racist. The bastard would disagree with anything Obama does ONLY because Obama is black. Disgusting to say the least! and very stupid!

    July 25, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    This is jokes, a waste of time. This is about race. john boehner and congress should be impeached or recalled. Keep up the good JOB President Obama. The President Of The United Stateds Of America Whether you like him or not. IT IS WHAT IT IS.

    July 25, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Mark Causey

    Does the term "Liberal Media" encompass all news organizations not owned by Rupert Murdoch?

    July 25, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. up1

    When it comes to Bush it's laugh now, cry later, blame the next guy. Taking out the diehards, 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 now since this man's reign of terror on the presidency is over, we are all crying and some are trying to blame someone else. He has left office with the USA being in the weakest position it's ever EVER been and more vulnerable then ever. however things are getting better
    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 Bush 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 Bush 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 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. JJJJJJJJ

    I'm not really sure why people think that impeaching Obama is the right decision. Why? Because he's black?

    July 25, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Saboth

    Well, Romney did get 47% of the vote, and I still see GW and Cheney bumper stickers on cars, so there's no accounting for intelligence. Honestly, I don't get the Obama haters. There are certainly things to dislike him for...continuing domestic spying programs on innocent Americans, Gitmo, drone attacks, but honestly, what's the problem? Obamacare is working, it signed up those it was supposed to, and they like it. He halted the financial meltdown that started under GW and staved off a depression. Spending under Obama has risen at a rate lower than any president in 60 years. He's kept us out of armed conflicts that would have killed American soldiers. Benghazi was such a non-issue, it's unbelievable anyone talked about it 4 weeks after it happened. He certainly hasn't been the most stellar president, and gives lip service to many issues, but much of that has to do with a disastrous GOP-controlled house vowing to block all legislation to help the country. If you give Obama legislation that helps the country, he tends to sign it.

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Peter Gerdeman

    Republicans want to impeach a President for sex or for demagoguery. They don't want their president impeached when hiis worldwide misrepresentations into a pre-emptive war – with no relation to 9/11 nor any WMD ever found – that cost 5,000 American lives, 30,000 wounded. 200,000 Iraqi lives. Not like some semen on a dress, nor a president who just happens to be of color. And, it is like the 'pubs don't think the whole world see this hypocrisy.

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. bette

    That poll only shows one thing: How absolutely dumbed down this country has gotten.

    The one thing 35% of those polled probably weren't asked is if any legal conditions were even remotely approached in order to actually seek out an impeachment. At least the majority of people still realize that – No, there are absolutely no grounds for impeachment.

    "Impeach" is now nothing more than a very empty buzz phrase used by people living in a right wing fog.

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Lizzie

    Sam
    GOD BLESS Obama for saving the american automotive industry!!!
    --tell that the people of Pontiac, Michigan

    July 25, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Thatguy371

    So a third of the U.S. is loony. Sounds about right. But the real difference between dems and repubs: Dems don't think ignorant thoughts like sue and impeach are something worth pursuing. Dems weren't fond of Bush II, but very few of us hated him... unless one of our kids was killed in his ignorant quagmire of a war he just had to have at all costs.

    July 25, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. MaryM

    Just keep digging that hole repubs, just keep digging !

    July 25, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. elmer fudd

    I think we need to get rid of the current Congress – they are out of touch with the American people and only seem to care about Wall Street interests.

    July 25, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Anita Narvaez

    I didn't vote in this poll, but I vote no no impeach!!

    July 25, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Mr. Izz

    It's so sad all of the people defending the president's actions on here. Are you all so blind by what he has done, is doing, and will continue to do?

    July 25, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Keith

    So, why waste the time of the congress when they have so much important work to do? Oh, yeh that is right, they don't work anyway.

    July 25, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. RocketJSquirrel

    If ever a Republican is elected President again in my lifetime, I will call for their impeachment before the inauguration.

    July 25, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. sol

    Impeach half of Congress while you are at it.

    July 25, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. pleazenufalready

    All of the have-their-panties-in-a-knot people clamoring for impeachment need to realize that it will be the exact same waste of time that it was with Clinton.....cause it ain't going nowhere in the Senate

    July 25, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Freedom Storm

    Barack Obama is directly propping up radical Islam... and now he wants another half of a billion dollars to go to propping up Islamic militants in Syria.
    The last time he did this, it ended up going to the terrorists conquering Iraq... he KNOWS what he's doing. He's aiding the enemy. It's treason.

    July 25, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. De

    Irresponsible journalism. The article states, "... a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far...". What it should read is "... a small majority of the people we polled do not believe ..."
    There are 300MM people in America. I'm quite certain the poll reached less than 1% of the population. So it's absolutely irresponsible to infer the poll represents the larger American population.

    July 25, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. rs

    Typical GOP overreach. They did this under Newt Gingrich (and paid for it) and they'll pay for it again. Their little echo chamber world does not allow for the reality that run-of-the-mill Americans are sick and tired of their do-nothing, anti-progress, anti-American activities.

    July 25, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    I bet we need psychiatrist for 35 percent of people here.

    July 25, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Ann 66

    These are the 35 percent who watch Fox News! He took over Bush and Chaneys unnessasary war, saved the economy and has worked for a fair healthcare system which isn't perfect because. The Republicans in congress blocked the best plans. I am a white woman who is appalled by the number of people who can't judge him fairly because he's black. The fact is he isn't truly an African American – yes he had an African student.as a father but, he was rIsed by a white mother and grandparents from the conservative Midwestern state of Kansas. He is not culturally black and I know having worked for five years in an inner city school. He is my President and deserves respect!

    July 25, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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