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. Ted T.

    Why do these people hate President Obama so much? Is it because he is black? Hmm!

    July 25, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Seriously?

    Why impeach him? Did he lie to congress about selling Iran illegal weapons, "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." You can't impeach someone becasue you don't like him. Helping millions of Americans to reach obtainable health care is not an impechable offense. Suck it up sore losers.

    July 25, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Impeach entire republican congress–these idiots are holding hostage at tax dollar.

    July 25, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Get rid of Boehner and McConnell. They're worthless.

    July 25, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. CSM

    "nogood" is right... these 35% likely live in conservative areas (and dumbed down as was said.) This story is really more about getting readers (attention) than reporting anything valuable. The fact of the matter is, most of these 35% are likely RACIST to begin with, so they will hang their hat on anything to substantiate their reasons.

    July 25, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Get rid of Boehner and McConnell. They're worthless.

    July 25, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Jim Woods

    Seems illogical to even consider impeaching Mr. Obama when to my understanding no one in the military or government were impeached for the fiasco of 9/11. How could anything he has or not done equal that and it's subsequent actions?

    July 25, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. funksRevenge

    Impeach for what?

    Funny that a 1/3 of the country is right wing and a 1/3 want impeachment.....Get over it kids, you lost the election

    July 25, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Mensaman

    Obama, by a wide margin, is the worst president in US history however he has not committed infractions justifying high crimes and misdemeanors as legally defined.
    Incompetence or lack of policies and non-transparency, even the lies about the ACA, are not covered.
    Impeachment would cost millions and take years.
    The saddest part of this was that a big part of his election was for America to show that they can elect the first black president and hopefully get the ball rolling. However, his inability to do the job and his horrible actions and responses concerning race have unfortunately made it difficult for future black candidates.
    I think he was just the wrong person at the wrong time.
    The take away is to elect a competent and experienced leader and someone who is not ideologically locked, who can work, negotiate and compromise with others and not crawl into a cave with sycophants.

    July 25, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    How was the CNN poll conducted? Was the survey given to CNN viewers, the majority of which may be liberal? If so, the poll may not reflect true American public sentiment.

    July 25, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. tomasseffect

    The whole notion is stupid. He's obviously now a lame duck president, so there isn't much more damage he can do. Let the bum serve his time out, and be relegated to the history books as a complete failure.

    July 25, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Joe Seattle

    The only people who defend Obama at this point are those who voted for him and never admit they are wrong.

    Question: In what credible way could the Obama administration possilbly be worse?

    July 25, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Chaiah

    It's a real shame and embarrassment that we have 35% of our population who even think there's cause to impeach.

    July 25, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Kata Strophic

    So this is news? Republicans have wanted to impeach Obama since January 2009, if not earlier–after all, it would have worked out even better for them if they'd been able to get rid of him before he was even sworn in. But the sad reality, boohoo, is that if you want to impeach a President, you have to have an actual REASON.

    Of course, if Republicans take control of both the House and the Senate this November, you can ignore that comment. Republicans haven't ever operated like they have to have logic behind anything, so if we were so graced with a majority of those non-thinkers governing all of us, it'd be a regular free-for-all.,

    July 25, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. MikeR

    85% do not know what "impeach" means

    93% have not considered the impact of impeaching him.

    July 25, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. mungle55

    Rudy NYC is correct. Oh My GOD – we are worst off if President Biden was in charge.

    July 25, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. daveindallas

    those percentages are pretty close to equal of the normal extremist dissent level. In what is really a 3 party system.
    The extremist by definition only want extreme solutions to every issue current day..

    July 25, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. JAMES MOORE

    So what? The far right of the Republican party, the 35%, want to impeach Obama. Big Surprise! LOL!

    July 25, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. tb

    Shouldn't the headline read "65% Don't want to impeach President Obama"? Isn't 65 still larger than 35? Typical anti Obama headline.

    July 25, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. MikeR

    The same 35% do not know what "impeach" means and have not considered the the implications of impeaching him.

    July 25, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. wilbur

    Impeach,= slow day in DC

    July 25, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Samson

    People that are advocating that the president be impeach are the Foxxy. They can not stand this president. Obama is the best president this country ever had. Listen I am a Republican and what my party is doing is sickening. The people that should have been impeach were the "we will be greeted as liberators crowd" that took this country to a war that was not needed and our 4000 Americans men and women paid with their lifes for lies. I really think that the entire of congress should be impeach for not doing their job. I will vote Democrat come this election. The Republican party has been taken over by lunatics.

    July 25, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Mensaman

    A full one third of the American voters want Obama impreached. I think that is huge.

    July 25, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    i cannot believe all these posts sticking up for this incompetent . 35 percent is a very high number.

    July 25, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. mike electrician

    So let's see, Bush takes us to war, with over 5,000 dead Americans, tanks the economy and is not a word. Obama tries to 1) make people responsible for insuring their own health, and 2) that they have the same coverage as those in government, gets us out of the great recession, and the GOP is ready to impeach him.

    July 25, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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