July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 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. Scott

    This president coud crap gold bricks daily and pay off the deficit and the looney 35% would still want to impeach him.

    July 25, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. FLIndy

    @Republicans Anonymous – "Wow, this nation is on the verge of mayhem. The foreign owned Faux Nose channel seems to be bound and determined to divide and conquer our nation."
    _____________________________________________
    You certainly got that right! And, the really scary thing is that now Murdoch is trying to buy more media outlets!

    July 25, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. zuck_markerman@hotmail.com

    Obama may be the worst president in the history of our country. He cannot seem to separate rhetoric from genuine action. Worse, he implements policies that deeply contrast the will of the majority.

    July 25, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. TerminalSanity

    Great 35% Americans have no idea of how impeachment works.

    July 25, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Sleepytime

    Obama isn't perfect and I've had some gripes with him during his time in office but he's done a pretty good job with what he was given. I don't think anyone who has been president during my lifetime could have done a better job.

    July 25, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    "With an utter lack of evidence for "high crimes and misdemeanors" what could be the emotional basis that underlies the attitudes of this "35% of Americans?"" It's the same demonic possession that had them herding the Jews into concentration camps in Germany. Bibles in hand as they plan the murder of their countrymen. Listen to them hate at us on FOX and you'll wonder if this county is even worth saving now. All they need is a Hitler of their very own.

    July 25, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Amy P

    taking a poll of the readers/watchers of CNN is not an accurate way to acquire a statistic of the feelings of Americans. I thought this was a news source not a mood ring for the masses.

    July 25, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Rick Thwaites

    I think we should impeach Boehner on the grounds of failure of governance in connection with his inability or unwillingness to drive a consensus compromise to drive legislation through the House. He has been the king of the DO-NOTHING-CONGRESS.

    July 25, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. rpc0609

    The Economy has rebounded, Bin Laden was killed, he rolled out Healthcare program to save millions lives and Bush led us into a war based upon lies and weapons that were never there. Sheer delusion and hypocrisy from the right!

    July 25, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Dustin Goldsen

    It appears that a third of the people in the nation want Joe Biden for President.

    July 25, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. David

    If Obama did something that is impeachable. Then the House has a constitutional responsibility to impeach him. Republicans have been trying to remove him from office for the past 6.5 years (starting in mid November 2008). Now... are you, or are you not going to impeach him. Or do you need to go home and check the polling numbers in your district first?

    If you hold that constitution so dear and true, then do your constitutional responsibility and impeach him.

    July 25, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. rpc0609

    The Economy has rebounded, unemployment is down, Bin Laden was killed and he rolled out a healthcare program that could help millions and save many lives. And let's see, Bush led us into a war based upon delusion and lies, while giving more tax cuts to favor the ultra wealthy so they can go and purchase a $40 million jet too fly to there own island! The right is full of sheer hypocrisy and undemocratic actions!

    July 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Rogue351

    A poll should be done seeing how many American think the Tea Party GOP members should be arrested for allowing so many guns on our streets and not being responsible gun owners. Responsible gun owners do not allow their guns to be stolen. Responsible gun owners secure their weapon. Had they done thins we would not have the problem of every criminal and gang member carrying a gun. The GOP Tea Party could also be sued for allowing a racist group like the KKK and the Arian Brotherhood among their ranks. All members of the Tea Party should be thrown out of the country for their anti government attitude which serves no purpose other than to stir up trouble and is unpatriotic and un American. Don't like Obama, fine but the way they have treated an elect president is disgraceful. The Tea Party and much of the GOP should not be allowed to call themselves Americans. If we are going to throw anyone out of office how about starting with congress since they do NOTHING.

    July 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. sly

    35% sounds about like the correct amount of white racists in this nation.

    Also sounds like about the right amount of people to take out in a firefight. Simply put – large numbers of Americans are the enemy – bombing our government – shooting our policemen – killing minorities.

    Take them out!

    July 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Anne in TX

    I would bet 95% of the people polled don't even understand how the impeachment process works, so maybe the pollsters should give them a definition first and then see what the poll results are.

    July 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. mary

    This is the kind of in-fighting and bull that is destroying America and everyone in it..
    What matters? Who is winning?
    The rich who are controlling the politicians who are destroying your lives.
    Find out who is really in control, who has really sold out.
    And first it's not the president in control..It is Congress..
    That is where you focus your research…
    Find out who is in the rich guys pockets and who is voting against everything that could make your lives better..
    The President does not have the power Congress has..
    If congress is behind him, he can do what Bush did.. Carte blanche go after the middle class.
    So that should be your answer?
    Who is wrecking this country and our lives???
    The GOP in congress..Just find out what they do and do not vote on..Who they bow down to..
    There is your answer…
    Vote those men and women OUT..While you still can.. Because they are doing all they can to fix it so you can't.. Every little trick in the book to nullify or worse stop you from voting.

    July 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. venkat

    Obama, Boehner, Reid, Pelosi ... All have to go..

    July 25, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Mary1972

    People who cry "impeach" does not know the rationale for impeachment. If they had their say, Obama would have been impeached the day he took office. Don't they have any shame?

    July 25, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    A group of GOP guys got together when Obama was sworn in and made a pact to stop everything he tries to do whether they agree or not. This has been well documented. They tried voting against bills, encouraging fringe behavior like gun violence and racism, shutting down the government, and just sitting there doing nothing. Now they have hit upon law suits and impeachment as the ultimate time waster. Remember this when you vote. Vote them out. They can do nothing just fine when they get turned out.

    July 25, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Shawn Irwin

    It's kind of late in the game for that.

    July 25, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Mary1972

    Impeachment would be a huge waste of time and money (as there legal reasons for it) like Kenneth Starr wasted $ 40 million . Those guys who want to try impeachment should pay for it themselves and not from tax payers dole.

    July 25, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. CrashMan

    So Sarah Palin speaks contrary to most Americans. This isn't news. When will she just go away?

    July 25, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Mikey

    democrats cant even afford their own healthcare, they are the bottom feeders of our society and shouldn't even be allowed to vote

    July 25, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Really????

    Impeachment at this point would hurt the country more than Obama's incompetence. However, the lawsuit must go on. if he continues unchecked there will be irreparable damage even if we have a real president after this ridiculousness is concluded.

    July 25, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. RomneyLostIcantBelieveIt

    The man could point a gun out the White House window and shoot someone walking by on the sidewalk and he'd still remain in office. There's no impeaching this racist and instigator of the fabricated War on Women. Joe Biden already has more leadership than this buffoon who stoops lower than even George W Bush's most liberal years in the White House.

    July 25, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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