July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 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. Tewrobert

    No fair, I did not get to vote and if this is coming off CNN its rigged.just like Obamas election.

    July 25, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. alex

    I could say many things but I will live with this....I vote for him and I like him....

    July 25, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Jocho Johnson

    Keep in mind this is a CNN poll, and it will reach mostly minions of the Democrat Party. There is also the fact that CNN lies often. Where are Saddam's nuclear weapons, where is Danny the Syrian, and what happened to "Assad used chemical weapons"? Josef Stalin said it does not matter who votes, but what matters is who counts the votes.

    July 25, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. truindep

    30% want to impeach Obama according to a CNN poll, wonder what the real number is ?

    July 25, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. slappy white

    Whenever they start yammering about impeaching the President, the Republicans look like the guys in the skeleton costumes chasing the Karate Kid through the high school dance.

    July 25, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. bob baden

    Send Congress home first. Maybe that's where they've been anyway. Then we can talk.

    July 25, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. rdeleys

    If Congress refused to impeach Bush for his many war crimes and crimes against humanity, then it definitely has no business impeaching Obama.

    July 25, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. JJR

    One word....Biden.

    July 25, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Carson Thaler

    Nice to see most comments here in par with rational thought... some are pretty off the wall here:

    "Freedom Storm" is a nut!!!! If Obama wanted mayhem, he'd just nuke the US... Weird Al just released a music vid I think "Freedom Storm" could relate to. Look up "FOIL" on you tube... I deduce that it was written for people like that, lol...

    "Freedom Storm"? What are we? A grade school superhero?!?!?! BUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! sigh...

    Hey chicken little... Go hide in a bunker- we tire of your constant fear of the sky falling...

    July 25, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Michmom

    To "in the middle", the only stimulous money spent was on his "causes" like alterntive engery. That's worked out well since most of the companieswhich recieved the money are no longer in business. I'm sorry, but I don't see much improvlement in our infastructure. Please let me know what he did besides bailing out GM, banks and building useless alternative engery projects. Even the windmills aren't operating because it's more expense to run them than the power the generate are worth. I believe in alternative energy, by the technology just is not there to do it cost effectively.

    July 25, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. alex

    PS: Sarah Palin???? lolololo that is a joke or the GOP really take her seriously??? if that is the case the GOP R in serious trouble.....Pamela Anderson would have more credibility hahahahahaha

    July 25, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. rs

    HEYDUDE

    WOW. Not meant to bash the POTUS, but wow. What does it mean when 35% say impeachment. WOW WOW WOW
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    It means that 35% of Americans get their news from (foreign-owned) FOX News.

    July 25, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. LogicalSC

    Why should Republicans bail out progressives by getting rid of their albatross, Barack Hussein Obama?

    Let this disaster of a progressive showcase for the nation just how idiotic, silly, dishonest and unethical the ideology really is?

    The nation will survive and a hard earned lesson will be learned by a vast swathe of the American people.....

    July 25, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. homeboynumerouno

    ridiculous poll. not sure what it proves- every republican i know has wanted him out since he started. thats been their cry for the last 5-6 years. so saying 35% wants him impeached proves ZERO.

    July 25, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. jojo

    Impeach!! Terrible incompetent president.

    July 25, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. sammieb51

    "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" .... jeez, and here I thought all this time that Impreachment eliminates a president who is lying, cheating or stealing, you know, like Bush/Cheney. But because they don't like him? Really? What an insult to our founding fathers and our entire Constitution.

    July 25, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. rs

    Bren

    Not only should we impeach him we should remove him from office for supporting actions against the US people as he continues to thwart our efforts to protect our border, for failure to recognize what the heck his role of President is, for failing the USA by not closing the border...and then we should sue and take away his pension for acts against the US constitution, against our border protection, for supporting illegals entry into the USA when the USC code specifically sattes he is the prime person responsible for protecting the USA from invasion....all this and then sue him for taking away all Americans safety with these actions of his, his disdain for Americans, his acts to subserviate Americans to serve foreigners invading our country. He should be impeached and shot for treason. This is called a TRAITOR. BLACK WHITE OR OTHER HE IS A JERK WITH NO RESPONSIBILITY HE SAYS. HE IS NOT A ROLE MODEL FOR OUR CHILDREN AND HAS SERVED TO DISMANTLE AND DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND CITIZENS. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU CONVICT HIM FOR???

    OMG PEOPLE. HE IS A TRAITOR IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. LET 'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.YOUR OWN JOB.......WOULDN'T YOU HAVE LOST YOUR JOB WAY BEFORE THIS??

    WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE WAITING FOR?? DICK CHENEY TO SAY ," MAYBE I WAS WRONG ABOUT NOT IMPEACHING MY RELATIVE"?...
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    When people say that I unfairly pigeonhole the Right by calling them insane- well, here you go.

    July 25, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Casha

    President Obama knows the law and know what he can and can not do. He tried to be fair and work with congress only for them to reject almost everything that he tries to accomplish, therefore he went around them. I am one of those Americans that Obamacare is the best thing that could have EVER happened. They are still mad that he won TWICE regardless of any pole he is the President and needs to be respected as such. Suing him and trying to impeach him is ridiculous. I dread 2016 honestly!!!!

    July 25, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. FIala

    Something that this article seemed to miss was that according to the poll, there are about 100 million Americans who do want him impeached. That is a lot of people. Also, why does the majority say no? Because Biden is the next option? Because of Obama's race? Because they support Obama's policies and way of doing things? Are they unhappy but simply feel that the impeachment process would simply not be worth the time or effort? Because he'll be gone in two years anyway? CNN.....spin, spin, spin.

    July 25, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. street smart

    35% parroting what FIXed NEWS tells them to say

    July 25, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. jeff p

    can't we impeach congress?

    July 25, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. miscreantsall

    I say impeach Cheney from existence!

    Well, it was worth a try!!!

    July 25, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. mcp123

    "he is lawless. If he were white, he would have had to step down already."

    Yeah I am afraid not... he hasn't broken any laws and has used executive orders less than Bush. Republicans just blathering... once again. BTW thats a MAJORITY that said no to impeachment... you do know the majority wins right?

    July 25, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. BlueDog

    A separate poll shows 35% of the Americans believe that Obama was born outside the country. Coincident?

    July 25, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. LogicalSC

    Why impeach Obama when he is damaging progressive brand for a generation?

    It isn't this horrid man, it is the tired, asinine ideology which has been impeached repeatedly...unfortunately many of the dumbest people among us are too simple to understand...

    Obama has always been a imbecile and a failure, but so have his supporters...he perfectly represents the cluster.

    July 25, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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