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. John100

    I think if we boot him out of office he will be fine he has shown he is an outstanding Coyote for Mexico...

    July 25, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. johnrf

    To even suggest that the president should be impeached is un-American. This is not how our country works. The constitution never intended that impeachment would be a tool for sore losers. I won't say that all of the 35% who are in favor of impeachment are racists, but you can be sure that many of them are. But you can say with confidence that everyone of them does not believe in our system of government. Traitors!

    July 25, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Cyril

    If you want to impeach somebody, impeach the Speaker of the House John Boehner. The last 6 years he has done everything he could to obstruct the President. Oh, by the way, WALL STREET is breaking records every week. The economy is thriving..

    July 25, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Dorkus Maximus

    What percentage thinks we've been visited by extraterrestrials? What percentage thinks Elvis is still alive? What percentage thinks we can travel faster than the speed of light?

    July 25, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. VegasSmitty

    They need to stop taking these polls in the White House basement.

    July 25, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Peace

    Impeach Boehner. He has wasted people's time on encouraging: witchhunt hearings, crying all the time and not doing the work voters elected him to do.

    July 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. maestra127

    35% According to CNN, that is, which is tantamount to saying, "A bunch of liberal democrats polled themselves and then posted the results." Big deal.

    July 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Luc

    where do all these ignorant people come from that hate Obama. It doesn't matter what party runs the country the rich run it and if they want to give middle America a pay raise it won't be the politicians who decides this it will be the rich who dole out all the money to lobbyists to finance elections. Plain and simple. If anyone thinks name calling of either party is going to clean this mess up good luck with that.

    July 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Larry

    CNN and every 'news' organization should be ashamed for even conducting the poll. The Repugs got exactly what they wanted ...PUBLCITY. Stop being a pawn in their game and go investigate some real news!

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

    Impeach entire republican congress. Good lucks.

    July 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Mary1972

    Is it a call by CNN to the dems to go out and vote in the the mid-terms to make sure they hold the Senate. Pay attention Dems, GOP, TP, independent – make sure you vote and don't stay home like you did in the last mid-term. Don't give in to the bigots.

    July 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. OCCUPY WALLSTREET

    Sorry Tea Cup voters, but Obama is doing a decent job.

    Despite all the right talk show rhetoric, the economy is improving.

    My friend works for FED EX, and even they are anticipating an even greater improvement in the economy. THey are bringing more jets online for deliveries, hiring more people, and even giving him a raise in October.

    July 25, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. rip

    so since liberals really only watch cnn this means 35% of liberals think he should be impeached.

    July 25, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. rs

    The political party that ran the White House from 2001-2009- the one that killed 125,000 Iraqis for a lie; the party that sat on its hands for the last 6 years, refusing to try to bring our nation out of their depression; the party that had this nation's borrowing credit rating reduced; the party that shut down our government (to the tune $24 billion); the same idiots who declared vagrant rancher Mr. Bundy and his cop-killer militia (3 dead) as "patriots". These people. THIS Party wants to impeach the President? Why they all belong in Gitmo.
    Freaking radical lunatics.

    July 25, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. rscalzo

    What's funny is that most here have no clue what impeachment actually means.

    July 25, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Jake

    Com'on...The libs say that Obama saved the US Auto Industry or that the stock market has recovered. Really? The US is 25% of the world GDP. Are the libs saying that the US Auto industry would have vanished? Like no one else would have pruchased it. That the stock market would still be depressed? The real issue we have is $17.6T in national debt which is 50% higher than when Obama took office. Bush/Greenspan/Bernake were stupid to leave interst rates too low which caused the housing and stock market bubble. Today however, approximatley 22% of the total annual income received by the Treasury is used to pay the interest expense on that $17.6T. $6T of the $17.6T matures in the next 3 years. Can you imagine what will happen to the interest if Yellen increases rates? Secondly, Russia and China are building a new currency to replace the dollar. This would be big and I mean big trouble for the US. Try $10 a gallon for oil on for size. Obama can deal with immigration, Ukraine, energy, etc but if spending isn't cut and taxes are not increased to reduce the debt....it's over.

    July 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. anothermuse

    In a separate poll 87% of Americans would like to have a national free ice cream day.

    July 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Tammy

    Yes! GOP should have the right to sue Obama

    July 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. chucky

    Would this be the same 35% that watch Faux news??

    July 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Bill

    In other words, 33% of the country are hyper-partisan, extreme right-wing Republicans who care more about their party than their country. I don't think Obama's done the best job, but I definitely think he's miles ahead of his predecessor, and I don't see where he's done anything that's warranted impeachment.

    July 25, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Polls are meaningless.

    July 25, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Senay

    The GOP is also known for wasting taxpayer time and dollars on naming streets, museums and libraries. The fact that many people are unemployed and suffering means nothing to them. So, a frivolous lawsuit? One more indication that they are all about wasting time and money.

    July 25, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Addison Mandala

    Obama has never exceeded his powers of presidency,,when one is in power must consider policies from all corners.that's what president Obama is doing.No impeachment is gonna be the solution,.Let him finish his remaining period,,.

    July 25, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Mary1972

    Why not impeach Boehner or the entire "Do Nothing Congress"? Do nothing on immigration reform and cy foul, witch hunts on Benghazi and the IRS at the cost of tax payers dole and wasted time 50+ times to repeal ACA and so on.

    July 25, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. ready

    at least we know the percentage of racist people now. Only people i've ever met in real life this anti-obama were unapologetic racists. 35% racists in the US? Makes sense to me. Probably that much people over 50 as well.

    July 25, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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