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. Mark

    I'm surprised that it wasnt much higher. Have fox news conduct the poll and see what the numbers look like.

    July 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. Impeach Congress

    2/3 of the US believes Congress should be impeached but since they can't or won't impeach themselves they should just be lined up and shot.

    July 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  3. Kenny Cambridge

    Yes, and exactly how many of those 33% don't believe President Obama is a U.S. citizsen, cheered when the S.C. representative during the state of the nation speech shouted "You lie!" and would rather see their fellow citizens meet early deaths than have their state expand Medicaid through Obamacare. Curious, too, of the correlation between that 33% and believing the wolrd was created in seven days and the U.S. was a greater country before the Civil Rights movement.

    July 25, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  4. Pure Comedy

    35% sounds like a big number until you realize that 90% of those polled believe that impeachment means being kicked out of office.

    July 25, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  5. @RI_Roger

    Impeachment would not be good for the country. Our best solution is to isolate this President by taking the Senate and holding the house. Move the bills currently sitting on Senate leadership's desk to the President's desk as soon as practical and watch what he does.

    At that point, we need to encourage the President to play as much golf as he wishes and go out to raise money for his library. The less foreign and domestic business he's involved in over the next 2 years, the better off this country will be. Like Jimmy Carter, no legacy will be his only claim to fame.

    July 25, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  6. Gary

    Quit covering up for Obama and tell the truth CNN.

    July 25, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  7. Billy battle

    1. Why is his breaking news....2. as an independent voter, I am so sick and tired of hearing impeachment thrown around...has Obama has domestically been a failure...yes. But if your not going to attempt to impeach or try Bush and Cheney for the Iraq war debacle. Then you are nothing more than a partisan hypocrite and dismissed as such, and your a HUGE part and of the problem with selection of our current leaders.

    July 25, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  8. Cheryl

    Dear Mr. President–you are doing a fantastic job. Please do not let these people get you down. I notice how tired you have been looking and wish you would get some rest.
    I voted for you for your first term and your second.
    You're a good man.
    Sincerely,
    a member of the American public

    July 25, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  9. Toby Dana

    This is the same 35% of the population who thought George W. Bush was a good President. It is also the same 35% of America who thinks Sarah Palin has a brain. 1 in 3 of us suffers from malignant stupidity...we need to get that number down to 1 in 4 if we want to have a shot at surviving Climate Change.

    July 25, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  10. Clodius

    Impeach the congress.

    July 25, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  11. TheSadTruth

    Now if only the average American understood what "impeachment" actually means...

    July 25, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  12. Namesake James

    The 35% who agree with impeachment are actually the ones who are informed about what is really going on with this administration. The others are just low information voters who have checked out intellectually long ago.

    July 25, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  13. Joe

    Sorry not alot? One third of americans support impeachment? What will it be like when the IRS investigation gets properly rolling? Missed the chance to wrap that up before the elections. Put it on the front burner and deal with it. It was not watergate that got nixon. it was the coverup.

    July 25, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  14. Durty

    Only 2 US Presidents have ever been impeached – Clinton & Johnson. While they'd probably be successful in impeaching Obama, I think they'd have same results as the first 2 presidents to be impeached & be unable remove him from office. But, if GOP takes Senate in November (which it looks like they may do) I think the chances of removing Obama go up dramatically. He's a lame duck president now, so I think it'd be a complete waste of time. Plus they end up with Biden which is even worse.

    July 25, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  15. Same 35% don't believe in Global Warming

    Oh wiat, it's actually 1 in 4 Americans are skeptical of global warming. That's straight from the ONLY reliable news source: John Oliver. I'm sure he's going to have a field day with this article. In case you hadn't noticed... thanks to our illiterate and dysfunctional congress the country's going down the tube folks... last one leaving turn out the lights.

    July 25, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  16. the truth

    why is this even news? no matter who is in the white house DEM/GOP there are going to be people not pleased. if you want to target people your aim should be congress. Obama is only playing the hand he was dealt the best way he can. I cant wait for the next guy to step in office, i hope for the country he or she don't have the same obstacle to over come that will for them to take drastic measures to get this country moving in the right direction. the only scandal is this story.

    July 25, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  17. Bean

    Read the poll PDF, they don't tell you THIS in the piece: "..Among the entire sample, 32% described themselves as Democrats, 24% described themselves as Republicans, and 44 % described themselves as Independents or members of another party.". LOL

    July 25, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  18. pprty

    65% say NOT TO IMPEACH!

    July 25, 2014 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  19. Matt

    Spin it how you want...33% is a very large number.

    July 25, 2014 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  20. Yooper 57

    What is their plan for Healthcare? in 6 years I have yet to see it! What is their plan for immigration reform? In 6 years I have yet to see it! What is their plan for America? in 6 years I have yet to see it! Start doing your job repukes and stop obstructionism! its getting old like your party!

    July 25, 2014 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  21. Andrea

    Congress needs to quit all this nonsence about suing and impeaching and start working to get this country out of the mess we are in. If anyone should be put out of office it should be Congress. Look at their approve rating

    July 25, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  22. Snowleopard

    Did the same to Clinton, didn't work, won't work now.

    July 25, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Well then, 35% of whoever was surveyed are also delusional if they think it's even a possibility. There have always been a percentage of people who want to impeach the President ever since George Washington's time unremarkably. You can figure out who they are fairly easily starting with those who refer to the President by his last name only without his title of office. No respect for the office, no respect for the people who elected him I guess.

    July 25, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  24. Marshall

    This kind of bullshit is what causes civil wars. Politicians inventing crisis so they can gain favor.

    July 25, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  25. Zak

    How dare Obama to go through the presidency without starting another war. Let's impeach him now.

    July 25, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
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