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. David H. Thoreau

    Two things. First. The polling company, ORC, is owned by a person who is a major Tea Party contributor and is unapologetically anti Obama. Second. A recent poll of Mississippi Republicans revealed that if they had to choose to support the US government or the Confederacy, 37% of these Republicans would wupport the Confederacy over the United States Government.
    These people are "Southern Strategy" Republicans. When the Democrats started to work for civil rights for all Americans, these people, still filled with the racial prejudice of the Old Southern Confederate States, switched to the Republican Party.
    The Red States today are basically the Old Confederacy and Slave territory States, plus a few Western States settled by Confederates fleeing the South after the Civil War. These people are little changed in the racial prejudices of their Civil War ancestors. They hate the President because he is an intelligent Black man in a position of power. That galls them
    This is readily obvious when you read the attacks personally against the President, regardless which side of an issue he finds himself. There is a viciousness in these attacks that goes beyond what is normal and healthy. It also goes beyond policy disagreements. It is also obvious in the tenor and attitude of Republican hate radio with all of its racial innuendoes.
    Are these "Southern Strategy " Republicans racists? As racist as the traitors, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

    July 25, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Blah blah "we the people deny this reality" hery derpy Teatroll power!!!!!

    July 25, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. pbcalif

    How many people out there know that CNN is owned by Rupert Murdoch of FOX? He would rather you didn't know. So folks go figure that anything you hear or read on CNN now you can ditto for FOX News Corp.

    July 25, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "That is still 33% of the population that want him impeached. I love reading the comments by the Obama worshipers. He cannot will never do wrong in their eyes."

    There is a vast chasm of rational thought separating "impeach him," which requires proof of "high crimes and misdemeanors" and "I disagree with some of the things he's done but impeachment is quite obviously a bridge too far." Unfortunately for the GOP/Teatrolls, someone cut the brake lines on their clown car and they drove right off the cliff thinking they could jump said chasm.

    July 25, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. cj

    That 33% of Americans are so hard line partisan against Obama and the dems, and the fact that there are more Dem's than Reps...it only stands to reason that there is another 33%+ that are hard line partisan against the Repubs.

    So really the only thing I take away from this poll is that likely 66%+ of the nations population are brain washed hard line partisan hope and prosperity destroyers.

    July 25, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Mike in CO

    "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."

    WHICH ISN'T EVEN GROUNDS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT ANYWAY! Jesus Christ, can American's be any more stupid? High crimes and misdemeanors – those are the grounds for impeaching a President as spelled out in that wonderful little document that conservatives claim to revere. They may disagree with me, but governing while Democrat is NOT a high crime nor misdemeanor.

    July 25, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. CW

    I quote:

    Ted
    Obama has been caught lying, outright made up story telling lies, to the American people. It's a sign of mental instability and immoral intent to be a purposeful deceiver. How can such a man be trusted to lead a nation as it's president, it's commander in chief? He should be impeached and removed from office. If not we are then approving lies and deception as approved political tactics. That's a formula for destruction of our country.

    Ted, it's nutjobs like you – with ZERO grasp of the obvious facts – that are destroying this nation. Literally destroying it.

    July 25, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone, lesson 4,322:

    "impeachment" = "we lost he election and want a do-over."

    July 25, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Tony D

    I truly feel Obama has violated his oath of office on numerous occasions and has acted unconstitutionally on many occasions as well. I feel his excessive campaigning and campaign fund raising is theft of taxpayer money at this point. He was elected to govern the country, not spend most of his time campaigning or collecting money. He is a no-show to the job to a large degree.

    And if the IRS targeting of TEA party groups and conservatives leads all the way back to the White House, then that is absolutely impeachable.

    Of course, because I say this and feel this way, surely I will be called a racist. But Obama's words and actions speak for themselves.

    July 25, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    only a 1000+ polled, how hard is it to "pick and choose" which way that poll should lean? IMPEACH him, along with each and every politician, from the local dog catcher up to the president of the US, that USURPS, IGNORS, OR BREAKS THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY. as leaders, they should be held criminally liable for each and every action they take while in office. Back to the poll....how about polling a random 1000 in every state, then publish the "UNADJUSTED" RESULTS?????

    July 25, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. just asking

    so how do the lefties in here explain the ==> 13% of democrats <== that want obama impeached? are those the racists in the democrat party? hhhmmmmm????

    July 25, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. charley

    the republicans know they will not win the White-house in 2016. they are hoping that they win the Senate, keep the house and oust Obama. It may work. This is all the Democrats fault. They could of actually impeached Bush, and did not. they could of protested the Gore Bush election turnover, but refused. Well how is that chivalry working for you now ??

    July 25, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Mikey

    I would prefer the penalty for treason. But Im just a tax paying hard working American, and not a leeching illegal bottom feeder democratic, so what do I know?

    July 25, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Tommy G

    A little too early for this poll CNN. How about taking it after the Obamacare employer mandate kicks in and tens of millions of Americans will see their healthcare plans, doctors and hospitals change or become unavailable. Then you will see it become a majority. Why do you think Obama delayed the most damaging part of the Obamacare law?

    July 25, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Howard

    25% STILL think he was born in Kenya and another 17% are "not sure". 45% think aliens landed at Roswell or are "not sure".

    So let's just say I am not terribly impressed by these sorts of polls.

    July 25, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Clay

    Let's see, who would be president if the president was impeached? Talk about job security! I wouldn't fire the fry guy if that was the alternative.

    July 25, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Draz

    Yeah... and I'd trust a CNN poll to be impartial and accurate when weighing the opinions of liberals versus conservatives. NOT.

    July 25, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Copper Bailey

    Are they the same 35% who believe Saddam Hussein flew the planes into the World Trade Center?

    July 25, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Neo

    I am disgusted by the never ending stream o BS that comes out of the RWNJ's!!! Please do yourselves and my country a favor and at least have a general knowledge about things you choose to "comment" on. I haven't heard a speck of truth out of your dog kennel for many, many years. I don't think you even know what the real truth is any more

    July 25, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Kelley

    1,012 is a very small sample considering there are 250 million adults living in the U.S. This data is very vulnerable to bias.

    July 25, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. more2bits

    He deserves worse than impeachment–he deserves jail.

    July 25, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. laeinstein

    35& say Impeach the President 65% say he is a peach Dems win again!!!

    July 25, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Bahama Bob

    I believe ost of those for impeachment are registered republicans, they don't think; they knee jerk!

    July 25, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Jesse

    If you blame Bush for something 6 years ago, but you don't blame Obama for the past 6 years then you are a complete hypocrite and your opinion is invalid.

    If you think the housing market has rebounded then you need to go to middle America and visit all the vacant houses and empty factories.

    If you think the economy has rebounded then you need to visit a homeless shelter and see how many homeless there are without jobs.

    If you think schools are better then you should visit a school and see how broke they are.

    If you actually think the country is BETTER then you are living under a rock.

    We are hated by most if not all foreign governments and we are mocked by their people, this is all occurring after 6 years of Obama, and last I check he's not a Republican, so you need to find someone else to blame.

    July 25, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. ChrisM

    Just keep digging that hole repubs, just keep digging.

    July 25, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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