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. paul

    How can anyone not realize 35% is a HUGE number. This man is totally incompetent and needs to be impeached.

    July 25, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. thunderbolt

    If the truth ever comes out about Obama and the IRS he should be impeached no matter public opinion.............

    July 25, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. KBP

    Alright all of you who want Obama impeached – I'll go with you as long as you agree that Bush and Cheney should be tried for war crimes and if convicted receive the same penalty that he Nazi's received – a rope.

    July 25, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Attn: GOP..you spend my tax dollars on this insanity or waste time that should be used for the GOOD of the country and I will give my last dollar to see all of you on the unemployment line.

    July 25, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Sara

    The Democrat party has been taken over by self-serving liars....look at the Clintons raking in more than $150,000,000 since leaving office (that's kick-back money, if any democrat voter bothers paying attention).

    Remember....if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor....if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.....not a smidgen of corruption, but Lerner's Hard Drives and all of her close IRS colleagues' drive all got "scratched!"

    July 25, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. rob

    They're all ridiculous! Get back to work!

    July 25, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. gerry

    When things don't go their way . . . IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT!! Idiots, all of them.

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

    If there's ever another republiklan president, you can be certain that he will be treated with the same level of disrespect that the right wing has shown President Obama.

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

    What's frightening is that 35% of the people want the President to be impeached. This nonsense all started in 1992 when the Republicans were so mad that Bush wasn't re-elected and they tried as best as they could to de-legitimize the legitimately elected President. Do you all remember all the investigations and investigations until they finally found something - as silly as it was. They have been doing the same to Obama. It's scary that that people can't respect elections.

    July 25, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. jon wilson

    The right think he's a Centrist. Check his stats to other presidents. 35% might want to impeach him, but there's not that many conditions for impeachment. Boehner really stepped in it this time with the ideas of law suits and talk of impeachment. It'll never happen. This is only hurting the republicans chance for the race for the senate and the house.

    July 25, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. JimW_NC

    I would imagine the same 35% would have voted to impeach President Obama on the same day he entered office in 2009.

    July 25, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Andy H.

    Impeach for what? Not blindly letting right wing extremists fly this country even further off the rails?

    July 25, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Lenny Pincus

    Gee, what a surprise. Normal Americans think all this talk of lawsuits and impeachment are stupid.

    July 25, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. JimW_NC

    No, Samson...not lunatics... Tea Partiers... Oh, wait...redundant. Never mind...

    July 25, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. JustRight

    This country will never impeach the first black no matter what he does. We'll just have to hold our collective noses for the next 2 years.

    July 25, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Chuck

    We don't want to impeach him we want him to STEP DOWN FROM OFFICE

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

    I don't think you polled the right people... Or you are lieing about the results.. There are more than 45% of people that I know that would say to impeach Obama.. No it is not because he is BLACK either you stupid people, it is because he is a terriost coming at our government from the inside, wanting to take everyone's rights away and make everything government ran.. Just another Hitler! I think the people you polled were all the poor americans who don't want their free health care taken away and all the illegal immegrants that don't want to be deported because they now have the life here in the US as long as they are all on his side... Poll more people next time and I bet you would have a way diff response... Facebook alone had this poll and damn near everyone voted to Impeach the guy..

    July 25, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. itdontmatter

    I'm sure the most of the 35% who want him impeached don't even truly understand the process or reasons for it.

    July 25, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    "What I don't understand is the most obvious thing to impeach Obama on is the targeted murder of the American Citizens with drones." Aw, did your al-Qaeda buddies die without killing any Americans? Blow it out your sphincter. Another loon who doesn't understand the word "impeach."

    July 25, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. changabang

    I think the Congress should be impeach for not doing their job. They are getting paid for nothing.

    July 25, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. ReallyCNN

    Really? 35% say impeach? Something tells me this was a VERY small polling sample based on Libtards that have no idea. Realistically it's in the 60-70% area.

    July 25, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. bobbychuck

    Democrats are looking good for the next cycle. People hate change. Only 35% dissatisfaction after working to unravel basic human rights in the face of the greatest obstructionists of all time. I'd say he is doing great.

    July 25, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. LastLiberalRepulican

    Have the 35% lost sight of the purpose of impeachment?

    July 25, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. denny

    His behavior is outrageous and most American citizens have had enough. Opening our borders to illegal people who will cost us a fortune in services and make our crime rate go up and now he offers to go get them so they won't have to make the dangerous trek. Seriously? He thumbs his nose at us and the problems we face while he goes to unending fundraisers. Scandals at the IRS and Attorney General's Office just get pushed under the rug. He doesn't show regard for hard-working Americans. Maybe an impeachment process would get his attention.

    July 25, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. bevmccar@gmail.com

    I think they mean 'lynch him'. They are only using the term 'impeach' but what they really mean is 'lynch' him. The RePUBICan's have been trying to do that since day one. They should get over it since they have another two years with him.

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