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. Lardeau

    Leave the man alone. His job is the most difficult in the whole world. He is a very caring person and there are very few people around to-day who could run things any better than he is. The ' System ' is not conducive to running smoothly.

    July 25, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. lisa

    impeach obama... obama destroy america..

    July 25, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Jim

    How do we go about Impeaching Congress?

    July 25, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Chuck

    I would like to see Obama thrown from office in any manner possible. However, I realize that an impeachment effort would be futile and politically counter-productive. However, if the Republicans were to gain a two thirds majority of the senate, the calculus would be different.

    July 25, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. neal

    why do I have a feeling that this is BACKWARDS... and that the true majority want him impeached etc, and the die hard kool aid drinking obamanites the 35%... don't want him impeached... it's just a thought.

    July 25, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Anonymous

    immorality, illegal, dont follow the laws- obama hes it, if you want to destroy america, obama is the best of destroying america..

    July 25, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Royale

    after 8 years of Bush,Cheney, the only ones that should have been impeached was the entire GOP.They should all be voted out for failure to run the USA.Their only goal is to ruin this nation and make the rich richer,screw the little guy and fill the pockets of the overpaid CEO's

    July 25, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. sanders20

    Impeach him for what?

    July 25, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Brian

    This is so typical of the conservative right. Such a waste of resources and money.

    July 25, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Ken

    Raoul – Perhaps reading comprehension is not one of your strengths. 13% of the 35% are DEMOCRATS. I'm pretty sure that those sheep are not watching FOX news. They are watching the Sheep herders on CNN, MSNBC etc... and are still wise enough to realize the BS they are being fed on the Donkey news networks
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    You should not criticize people for their lack of reading comprehension when you have no comprehension of simple arithmetic and basic statistics. It does not say that 13% of the overall 35% in favor of impeachment were Democrats.

    July 25, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. #lostournation

    When over a third of the country wants you gone then you have failed as their leader. I personally believe that the number is actually higher. Anybody that I talk to want him gone. I don't tend to socialize with the ones who want him to remain president. I don't want them attempting to "dumb me down".

    July 25, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. James

    Hmmm. 35% are racist or Republican or both. Interesting.

    July 25, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. CATTRANS

    The number lining up would be higher if Joe Biden was not next in line and followed by Bonner head. So impeachment leads to making it worse not better. Best solution is for Congress to limit presidential powers and take that pen away.. However only foolish people would think Congress would do it and do it right.. So we are all screwed again.

    July 25, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. DC Johnny

    Violation of the Constitution apparently only provokes cries of "Racist!" from you lefties.

    It's a sad era in American history when a sitting president can brazenly violate the Constitution on almost a daily basis and his supporters only care about the ends.

    You're paving the way for a dictatorial Republican president in the future. You do realize that, yes? And he will be brutal, and unforgiving, and will push the country far to the right with unchecked, Obamaesque power.

    July 25, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. bette

    Just a few facts on this poll:

    Only 899 people were called. 75% of the respondents were on a LAND LINE (Keep in mind – it's July. Most all the people responding on a LAND LINE in JULY are most likely a very old homogenized set of individuals, most likely Fox viewers).

    Summer polls are worthless to begin with. They have a long history of producing skewed #s. But 75% of respondents from land lines DURING the middle of the summer. Ridiculous. This is CNN producing something here for the sake of generating a certain response.

    July 25, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. rs

    The GOP is simply pouty because we have a President who dares to lead while they sit on their backsides and collect their paychecks for doing absolutely nothing.

    Sure these loser whine about the cost of government and make up their little fantasy "scandals", but their few bits of work- like shutting down the government, holding endless do-nothing hearings, passing a few unconstitutional laws, or suing the President of the United states costs taxpayers billions of dollars.

    The GOP is now both sick AND incompetent.

    July 25, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. 1alien1

    republican cannot learn anything. they still favor party over america. very sad.

    July 25, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Royale

    Billy,or is it Billy Bob,are you still holding your gun or is that your tool that makes you an expert on the state of the nation that is being run into the ground by the GOP

    July 25, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. bette

    Check out the poll parameters: 75% of the only 899 polled were responding from Land Lines.

    July 25, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Jodo

    I don't think that obama should be impeached. However, I do believe that he should step down. He lacks both the interest and aptitude for doing the WORK of POTUS

    July 25, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Dave

    Poll really says: 35% of the public needs to stop watching Fox News.

    July 25, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. darth cheney

    Never before in our history has a president been so persecuted just for doing his job, though in a free country many don't agree with his policies and actions. I wonder what's different about #44 compared to the previous 43?

    July 25, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. rs

    35% also believe in UFOs, Alien abductions, Bigfoot, ghosts, and the TEA Party.

    July 25, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Lou

    As has been said many times over, 30% of this country is borderline insane. They are ignorant voters; know nothing more than what they see and hear on the most destructive "entertainment" channel we have in America that calls itself "Fox News". My brother is one. Try to go in to actual facts with him and he is totally lost and frustrated because the talking points don't line up anymore. His world gets rocked.

    July 25, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Reality Check

    Seems to me that the fact that 35% of Americans what to impeach Obama is not the good news that CNN is trying to cast it to be.

    July 25, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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