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. Amy

    Notice the very small sample size of responses to the poll. Also notice that 75% of that small sample were interviews take on Land Lines. Notice what time of year the small sample was taken on Land Lines...the very middle of summer. What does that tell you? The poll is not that credible.

    July 25, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. EddyL

    Which means 65% of the country is still sane.....

    July 25, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. AGx-07

    This says to me that 35% of those polled are racists, morons, or just don't know what Congress is.

    July 25, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Conrad

    those 35% should pay more taxes

    July 25, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. m lancaster

    so 35% of the country doesn't understand how our government works – freaking lovely

    July 25, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. netinbra

    this is an useless approach by Republicans.

    July 25, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Chuck

    The whole republican party is a bunch of losers. If it wasn't for the Gerrymandering that Bush and his congress and senate pushed through, America would not have to be dealing with this crap. Why it was allowed to happen and numerous lawsuits weren't started is squarely on the democrats. When it happened there should have been a huge outcry and lawsuits and impeachment then. Now we all have to listen to the party of NO and their anti Obama rhetoric which hasn't stopped since before he was even elected. America is a land of fools.

    July 25, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. BinFL

    @Joeinc1 – It sad that the first black president this country has turns out to be a total failure.
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    Sadly, this is what makes up the 35%; they just throw out complete generalizations with no facts or details to back up their hate.

    July 25, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Nah, Obama is doing just fine, better than Bush seeing as how many more presidents before him have had things. What i do what to know though, is how do i write to get Congress Impeached? They are corrupt, and need to go. So do the guys behind Congress.

    July 25, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. J Adanin

    Only 35% ? I really thought there were far more idiots than that. I wonder how many of those can make a case for WHY they think it even could be done.

    July 25, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. suzie669

    What are you going to gain after impeaching the President? There are more harms than benefits

    1/ The Jewish will bolster their attacks on Gaza and West Bank
    2/ The ISIS will invade neighbor countries
    3/ The Russian will swallow Ukraine for good!

    4/ The low and middle class in America will lose their health insurance
    5/ The struggle home owners will lose their house because the Federal Program that cover mortgage payments for homeowners will be gone
    6/ No more Unemployment extension.

    July 25, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Mikeed13

    Where was the poll run? Harlem

    July 25, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Dave trebuchet

    That 33% would actually be smaller if it wasn't for 24/7 constant barrage of conservative opinionated news that spread malicious lies and misinformation to people who are too lazy to fact check.

    July 25, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. jonathanlk

    such a waste of time. It would just make their reputation for wasting our tax dollars even worse. I think even impeaching Clinton over Monica Lewdisnky was a total waste 100 million or so? Doesn't education need money? Aren't our bridges falling down? All they want to talk about is technicalities like politician fetishes. Bunch of good for nothings. Probably more people wanted to impeach Bush! We have much bigger fish to fry or didn't anyone notice?

    July 25, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Crazy White Boy

    What a waist the only reason the want to impeach him is because he is Black plane and simple what a bunch of racist bigots

    July 25, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I think Obama is the non-president but impeachment would only replace him with someone I'm not sure can fight his way out of a paper bag.

    July 25, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. wayne

    It's time for him to go

    July 25, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Mikeed13

    The poll was done in the south side of Chicago

    July 25, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. max3333444555

    impeachment is very serious and there haven't been crimes proven, although there have been some interesting allegations.

    July 25, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Marge

    NO on suing our President who is doing great job – G O P stop wasting our tax $ – house GOP are worthless and should resign now!

    July 25, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    slappy white

    And how many people want to get rid of the current Congress? 80 percent/
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    They have their chance in November. Current polling shows the GOP retaining the house and gaining control of the Senate.

    July 25, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Noah

    It just goes to show you that 35% of the country are republican tea-bagging idiots and that you really can't fix stupid!!

    July 25, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Who said "There are lies, damn lies, then there are statistics." When the ORC reveals all of their data especially their sampling, I will I will give them the possibility of accuracy. I truly doubt they have a true random national sample. What they have is a skewed population that is being manipulated with fear that watch CNN and most likely Fox News...

    July 25, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. citizenUSA

    How can that be? they only polled 35% of the 92% who can vote and 47% were Republicans and 45% Democrats. While 16% said they would cross party lines 22% of the time, 14% would not at least 10% of the time.

    July 25, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Yea Right!

    Everyone is quick to criticize the President on everything and everything including the quieter former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but the Republican congress has never formally put forth their own proposals! In April every (man and woman) republican in congress voted the equal pay for women bill! What does that tell you?

    July 25, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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