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. Albert E.

    Right wing mental patients...Clueless about government, clueless about life.

    July 25, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Tom

    You people think that Obama is the only President that has every used deceptive rhetoric or not followed through on a promise That is what politics have always been about for the last 40 years. I think Obama has done a lot of good and changed a lot of things for the better after the failed Bush administraion. If you don't like paying into social programs, free health care, stricter gun laws, or leniency toward immigration, get out and vote next time.

    July 25, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Democrat Junk

    Stupid that impeachment is a consideration....Move on to real issues.

    July 25, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Natrldiver

    The only reason Obama should or be impeached is to keep Joe Biden from screwing it up even more.

    July 25, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Name lorna lanham

    Big fat no

    July 25, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. rell87

    Only 100million Americans want Obama in prison. Must make liberals proud.

    July 25, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Thomas

    THE DO NOTHING CONGRESS NEEDS A VACATION AFTER DOING NOTHING ?

    GOP strategy , the Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich school of fallow the dots to stagnation in the name of freedom .

    The Contract with America: Implementing New Ideas , the old way !

    July 25, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. kobrakai7474

    The constitution is abundantly clear on what steps Congress should take if a president breaks the law: Impeachment. If Republicans truly think they have a case against the president, they are duty-bound to impeach, but, in spite of nearly 6 years of bellyaching about alleged law-breaking by the president, the best they can come up with a phony baloney lawsuit that will waste much more money and much more time and cannot and will not result in anything. I wonder why that is? Oh wait, I know why: So John Boehner can go on the campaign trail in a few days and say, "I sued the president over Obamacare!" He knows he won't win and doesn't care that he won't win. He just knows that the case won't be thrown out until after the election and that is what matters to him. He is going to spend millions of our tax dollars so he can NOT do his duty as proscribed in the constitution and instead do something that will accomplish nothing but give him an applause line in his stump speech.

    July 25, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Pete

    Considering that only 13% of Democrats feel he should be impeached, and only 35% in the poll believe he should be, this suggests that the poll was heavily populated by Democrats since 57% of Republicans favor impeachment. As for people believing the this should be reserved for "High crimes and misdemeanors", what do you think the unauthorized trading of terrorists for Bergdahl, without authorization from Congress, was????? Since when did the US start negotiating with terrorists???? Oh, wait, that's right. Obama does.

    July 25, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Deb Ed

    I don't agree with any poll that is liberal tainted. As CNN is.

    July 25, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. bill

    poll? i didnt get a say, typical government... get out of the white house you spineless sissy. our allies need help and you just stand there drooling over iraq and iran..

    July 25, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. michaelbmajor

    Conservatives are holding the country back. We trail virtually all industrialized countries in every important metric except gun ownership and defense spending. We need to get rid of the republican ball-and-chain. Short of any civil war, progressives will need to get out and vote vote VOTE!

    July 25, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. RRJ25

    As Abraham Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

    The Tea Party are really anarchists trying to divide the country further and doing a good job. They are really a hate group if you read the comments here and on every other comment section. They hate the 95% of the country that doesn't agree with them for being too radical.

    The Republicans should throw them out, but they would loose the house majority. They've made a pact with the devil and now they must live with it.

    Impeachment.. even the house Republicans are too smart to go down that road.

    July 25, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. For Obama

    I feel that Republicans in congress are motivated against President Obama in a racial aspect and have been from the beginning of his first term. I feel he is doing as good of a job as he can when he has a "no do republican congress". We have a major crisis going on at our southern border and what is congress doing about it? Pushing it aside and going on vacation.

    July 25, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. conoclast

    The psychotic-right is at it again: that's all one can take away from their threats of impeachment. It would be interesting to hear just what particular constitutional outrage they accuse Obama of committing. Got one in mind, do you Palin? Or is this just more-of-the-same partisan grandstanding?

    July 25, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Fox / Koch / NRA / Pharma $ can buy 35% of public opinion in the face of all evidence or facts...

    July 25, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Ron

    Of the 35% who favor impeachment, what percent can cite actual grounds for impeachment?

    July 25, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. susan

    So now we know that 35% of the population are total tools or radical right. There is nothing to see here. Move along. And let's call our representatives and tell them how we feel about this distraction. Not that they would listen...Disgusting.

    July 25, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Ray Nagin

    He is pretty useless. Nothing more than Bush's 3rd and 4th term.

    July 25, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Republicans...

    ...their last good idea was in 1861...and in the end they shot the guy who had it...

    July 25, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. ArtR

    You can interpret this poll as: The majority of those 35% can't accept having a black guy in the WH.

    The right wing always needs to find a new way to remove the legitimacy of Obama: birtherism, sue the President, impeachment.

    I didn't hear many calls of impeachment of Bush who created a useless war in Iraq at a cost of over 4000 troops and a trillion dollars. And with ISIS controlling a third of Iraq, now we know that war was even more useless than we previously thought. The righties had no problem with that.

    The many latent racists in that 35% should just come out and admit that's the reason they want impeach him. But that would take some courage so they bury their hate into crap like "worst, weakest President, etc.

    July 25, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. John Li

    35% is much more that I thought. Shocking.

    July 25, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. David

    You would think the GOP would find something better to do to earn their pay....not !!!

    July 25, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. foranewamerica

    Impeach this do-nothing-but-obstruct-anything-Obama-tries-to-do Congress.
    I bet if we poll Americans on their appetite for impeaching Congress, that 65% No to impeach Obama will be a 65% Yes to impeach the entire Congress. Time for an Article V Constitutional Convention.

    July 25, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. alfonds

    Says who?

    July 25, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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