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. obot

    obama has been the biggest failure in americas history and has set back all minorities at least 50 years!!!!!!

    July 25, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Loyal Democrat for Obama

    Don't impeach him; ignore him. That is a harsher penalty for his failures to all of us.

    July 25, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Frank

    I looked it up. It takes a 2/3 majority in the Senate to convict an impeached president (of whatever charges are decided) and remove him/her from office. Never going to happen.

    July 25, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Lizzie

    There is nothing you can impeach the current President over, he said what he was going to do in his speeches, and he is holding true to course, divide and you will conquer. The sheep will follow even if it is of the cliff.

    July 25, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Anonymous

    He should be gone

    July 25, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. RettasVegas

    It's the 65% that voted not ONCE, but TWICE for Obama, and would a 3rd time if they could!

    It's the 33% that block congress, AND SHUT DOWN OUR GOVERMENT, that continue to call foul everytime Obama tries to do his job.
    They need to do their jobs, and quit whinning like spoiled children, enough already!
    They need to be voted out, once and for all!

    July 25, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Bjorn Bjornsen

    Don't know how much credence I'd give these numbers ... I bet if they did another poll of the exact same people 50% of them couldn't name the current Vice President ...

    July 25, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Big Ben

    I would like to impeach the whole Republican party and send them to the middle east so they can clean up the mess that they created!

    July 25, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Knucklehead

    If they do impeach him, I hope he turns around and releases all the info the International Criminal Court needs to convict Cheney and Bush.

    July 25, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. God, Jesus' dad

    @Jesus (you wrote):
    nearly 40% of the country want a president impeached. that's higher than clinton and nixon."

    Son, shut up! Listen to your dad. You shoot off your mouth way too much, all t h e time. You should use your brains sometimes. That's why I let 'evolution' do its job. But apparently it bypassed you. So, do us a favor, shut up.

    July 25, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Put America First

    Right now, there is nothing concrete on why we should impeach the president. Differences of opinion, incompetency, dereliction of duty, and having scandals surrounding the administration are not good enough reasons for impeachment.

    July 25, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. American

    1.Forcing Americans to make purchases from private companies. (All health insurance companies are private companies)
    2. Negotiating with terrorists and releasing them. Something you NEVER do.
    3. Funding terrorists
    4. Catch 22ing the laws of immigration making it impossible to enforce our original laws without breaking the new laws.
    5. Granting a corporation called Monsanto legal immunity even if their products kill us. (Monsanto controls almost everything thing you eat from the farm to your fridge)
    6. Militarily detaining American civilians for speaking their mind

    Hmmm.. Hey obama, I believe my list is exactly "six universes" to impeachable offenses.

    July 25, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Ali Baba

    Barack has been a great president. He will be equal to George Washington, Abe Lincoln, FDR and Ron Reagan.

    July 25, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Michael

    Instead of suing Obama for doing his job, can we just sue congress for not doing their job?

    July 25, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Lloyd

    There is absolutely nothing to impeach him about. It's one thing if you don't agree with the president's policies, and a much different one to say that it deserves impeachment. He's done all he can to avoid more costly wars and unlike his predecessor. And it's the same people that call for his impeachment that can't look beyond his ethnic background. I find it amusing (and sad) just how easily it is for people to get drawn into empty movements... "Impeach Obama, impeach Obama!!!" Please, you don't even know why you're calling for impeachment!

    July 25, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. clintaft

    Suit threats , impeachment threats , Republican futility matches their $$ spending for dead stupid candidates....its no wonder that America doesn't want their leadership offered. Money controls their greedy competition , not the welfare of the common man in America, the most overlooked special interest group in the country. Women will control the outcome of this election, as they represent both a population majority, but also the greatest number of registered active voters. Their opinion may not coincide with either party's efforts to pollinate the Congress with more political foolishness.

    July 25, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. OregonSnowman

    Obama is going to end up the most disliked president in US history.... Except by the 10 million illegal aliens he is letting come into this country and giving amnesty to.

    July 25, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Malory Archer

    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.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And neither congress' dissatisfaction with "this" president's policies nor the way he is handling his job are valid impeachable "offenses".

    July 25, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Approvalratings

    They need to find a better way to poll, they miss far too many people with an opinion. I my office right now 50 people (even the dark skinned guys) out of 65 say he should be impeached.

    July 25, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. john west

    the GOP is still grasping for straws....it won't work...they have stepped over the line too many times

    July 25, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Shills
    I still don't believe the Presidential Election was truthful. It didn't make any sense and I suspect extreme corruption. America was impeaching him in the last election.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    By reelecting him while at the same time expanding the Dems' majority in the Senate and increasing the number of seats they hold in the House? Really? REALLY???!!!

    July 25, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. GaryD

    After seeing so many on the street interviews with people that seem clueless, the pollsters should have explained exactly what impeachment was, before asking.

    July 25, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Rudy

    why so down on obama? George Bush and Dick Cheney lied to the country resulting in hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians to be killed not counting all of the dead and wounded US Military members. Cmon people!

    July 25, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. James

    I know the Senate would never impeach him but it does raise a scary question - How corrupt, incompetent, dishonest, etc... would a President have to be in order to actually be impeached?

    July 25, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Dean

    I'm sure that of the 35% that want him impeached, 100% of those did not vote for him. As the saying goes, haters gonna hate.

    July 25, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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