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. pan3

    Obama is douing a great job!

    July 25, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Casual Observer

    I would impeach Obama, but for the same reasons I would have impeached Bush - illegal war (Lybia and drones in Obama's case) and treasonous violations of the 1st and 4th Amendments.

    Unfortunately, most Americans are woefully clueless about how government works and just how rigged our democracy has become, and they've been led to believe Obama is some kind of anti-business liberal. Hence most of that 35 percent wants to see Obama impeached for things that don't remotely apply to him.

    July 25, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Neo

    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.

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    What a idiotic stand that is, If someone pokes your eye out with a stick when your 10 years old purposely, does that mean when you turn 16 that kid that poked your eye out no longer did it? But that makes sense for a Republcan, since you've been trying to change history since it's inception.

    July 25, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Garry Owen

    The people have spoken.........again.

    July 25, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Meh... terrible president, but no high crimes or misdemeanors. Besides, the thought of "President Biden" should scare the ever loving beejeezus out of any sane person.

    July 25, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Kim

    I say he should have been impeached long ago. He is not providing the due dilligence his office requires.

    July 25, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Barack Ogona

    The only reason 65% say don't Impeach-–Joe Biden

    July 25, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. budshot

    All this poll shows is how utterly ignorant 35% of the people of this country are.

    July 25, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    It's just a lot of talk to keep the ignorant FOXmasses ready to vote for more Dubya. You actually think there's anything to impeach him over? Hey, I got this bridge in Brooklyn I wanna sell you cheap.

    July 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Obama Voter

    Impeach Obama? LOL. DEPORT Sarah Palin! She's beyond an idiot. Should could not answer a simple question "What magazines or newspapers do you read?" Seriously. How freaking STUPID can you be not to answer a single periodical and yet believe you could be a president. I "hired" Obama with my vote to 1-Get us out of the Iraq Oil War. 2-End the War in Afghanistan and 3-Improve the jobs/economy. He has done all three. He is not perfect, but he is no where near need impeachment. The Right sure is "rabid".

    July 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. James McGowan

    "The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone."

    Questioned by telephone, as in "land line" telephone, as in old people.

    July 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. freeme10

    An impeachment proceeding would give Congress yet another excuse to draw a paycheck and accomplish nothing. Some people can't get over the fact that they lost.

    July 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Mike

    Impeach the president......after they fire congress.

    July 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Jerry5555

    He'll never get impeached so it's stupid to try. With that said however, as an independent that voted for him twice, I'll say I'm very very disappointed in Obama. His words were inspiring yet his actions seem deceiving and untruthful. His first two years of presidency, when he had a super majority, could have been so great – he could of easily passed a single payer option... But no. And from there I can't really think of ONE single accomplishment other than killing Bin Laden. So disappointing.

    July 25, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Bianca

    The GOP sure do dream up ways to waste taxpayers money.

    July 25, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Loathstheright

    Well, now we know the percentage of racist, conservative haters in the country....just about what I thought...35%.

    July 25, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. terry b

    The crazies are at it again. Let them keep it up so that maybe such action will help the democrats in November. Bush was a lousy president but completely unworthy of any impeachment crap. Obama has had to use extraordinary moves to overcome the power of the retarded right wing that has taken over the GOP. 35% of those polled here must be infected by the wave of stupidity that seems to plague the republican party. Must be a mental health issue.

    July 25, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. narutogrey

    Why is this even news? There is always around a 30-35% of people that want to impeach the current president regardless of party or any recent event. How did this even make a headline? It should only be a headline when the polls show a deviation such as if only 20% of people want to impeach Obama or if over 50% of people do.

    July 25, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Jerry

    What I don't understand is the most obvious thing to impeach Obama on is the targeted murder of the American Citizens with drones. How can the executive branch assassinate American citizens without a trial? If anything was ever impeachable – that would certainly be #1. Ironically, Republicans don't touch this issue because it would hurt their military industrial complex relationships.

    July 25, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. rick3807

    The 35% watch Faux News and are convinced that Obama is Satan. What should be an impeachable offense is the failure of Congress (both sides) to actually get together and do some governing. They are going after a President whose approval numbers may be in the 42% range, But the approval levels for Congress is in the teens, they are the ones not performing and need to go.

    July 25, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. nogood

    The 35% are those who have been "dumbed down" by watching Fox.

    July 25, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    " Bush for something 6 years ago, but you don't blame Obama for the past 6 " Ha, this is a child talking. You blame the guy who burned down your house, not the firefighters who put it out and the builders trying to repair it. Six years ago you were in diapers; you have no idea what you are talking about. Obama's doing a good job, and the GOP hates him for doing it while they enjoy the recovery and bank the money he's made them. They want control and intend to get it, and fooling you little people has ALWAYS worked for them. Funny how it isn't working anymore.

    July 25, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Meh... terrible president, but no high crimes or misdemeanors. Besides, the thought of "President Biden" should scare the ever loving beejeezus out of any sane person.
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    Doesn't that mean that the majority (57%) of Republicans are not sane?

    I'd bet if you asked people whether or not they thought Pres. Obama was born in the United States that you would get nearly identical results. It explains why the number of people in favor of impeachment is so high. You're looking at a large chunk of the birther demographic who feel that he should be removed from office, anyway, and by any means necessary.

    July 25, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. oldbones24

    Johnson, after Lincoln died, was attacked by his own party (GOP). They tried to impeach him because he wanted to accept the south back into the union and the republicans wanted the people, still alive, in the south to forfeit their land and any holding they had left. They also wanted to take over the rule of the south, kinda like today. I don't think any president has ever been impeached, charges have been brought but not successfully.

    July 25, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. BO

    Thirty five percent and steadily moving up.

    July 25, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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