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. Mi Poo

    Don't we have better things to do than worry about lawsuits and impeachment over partisan tantrums? If Bush didn't get impeached for his illegal and imoral war how the heck can anyone say that Obama's actions justify impeachment. Stop. Just stop,

    July 25, 2014 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. warren brown

    35% Radical Republican wants the impeachment. That's not a news, Garbage,

    July 25, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  3. Insight

    Instead of dreaming about impeaching Obama, Boehner should dream about winning election in 2016 for GOP. Who is Sarah Palin?

    July 25, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  4. liz

    If you asked any one of the 33% for what reason the President should be impeached I would bet the ranch not one of them could give a coherent answer.

    July 25, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  5. blahblahh

    These idiots are destroying their chances in 2014. They'll still get the heavily gerrymandered elections, but they're screwing state elections pretty badly. They'll keep the house and won't gain the senate.

    July 25, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  6. hkirwin

    Its only going to get worse and there is still a half of term to go.

    July 25, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  7. dtones520

    How about we impeach all of congress? They are doing a worse job than the president is.

    July 25, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. Brad

    Findings of Poll: Shut up and quit wasting tax payer money on stupid stuff Boehner

    July 25, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  9. bvilleyellowdog

    Yes please – go ahead GOP. That worked so well last time.
    Love DNC.

    July 25, 2014 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  10. NavyVet

    Leave him in there.....let him continue to destroy the country......Fodder for the next election....where us Republicans can take our country back!

    July 25, 2014 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  11. Chris

    I think you need to poll more that 1,012 people to get an accurate number of how many want Obama impeached. I believe that number would be extensively higher.

    July 25, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  12. SirBobowe

    Out of the 33% who want to impeach Obama, over 85% of those always blame somebody for their own personal problems and have no idea how negatively an impeachment would affect them personally, and not in a good way either.+++++

    July 25, 2014 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. Jason R

    Way to go CNN and ORC, what was the budget for this poll, $100? 1012 isn't a statistically relevant sample for a small city; it definitely isn't representative of the entire nation. I'm sick of these, "Americans believe..." articles based on such small samples. I hope no one takes these things seriously.

    July 25, 2014 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  14. Frank

    To try and impeach the President is laughable for he hasn't done anything to warrant it. You may disagree with his policies and how he went about implementing them but they impeachable offenses. The Republicans know this but are using this as a election year stunt. It is shameful that they have stooped to this level and created a precedent for a Democratic reprisal.

    July 25, 2014 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  15. DocHollywood

    "...........Nearly eight in 10 say impeachment should be reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors," Holland adds.............."
    Which means that 2 in 10 Americans just do not understand the constitution. Because that's the ONLY reason he/she can be impeached.

    July 25, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  16. Lesa

    35% say cnn is turning into faux news.

    July 25, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  17. Terry Coker

    How about doing a poll on impeaching Congress! They are just as guilty of not doing the job they were elected to do. It seems that the only concern on their minds is to get re-elected which starts the day they are sworn into office. They certainly are not working for the majority of Americans. So before impeaching the president, they should look at their own performance.

    July 25, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  18. Sean Kelly

    And in other news 99% of the American population doesn't know what impeachment means.

    July 25, 2014 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  19. Taz

    Well, there you have it. Please put these polls to rest- his term will end soon. Good gosh.

    July 25, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  20. Tom Bukowski

    Palin LOST in 2008, six years ago, so she is completely irrelevant. And, 35% is the GOP base. So why is this news? The GOP can't win with 35% of anything.

    July 25, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  21. markinfla

    This is news? That number is probably about the same as the day he was elected.

    July 25, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  22. Sparky

    "a small majority of Americans do not believe" ... or WITHOUT the spin, that a large majority of Americans DO believe that he has gone too far!

    July 25, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  23. Hortense

    Too bad the Constitution does not allow the impeachment of congressmen/women.

    July 25, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Is there any bases for CNN to ask this question? As a world news organization CNN should have a standard to conduct a research based on merit? what would be the use of conducting such a childish polling?

    July 25, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  25. john

    you can tell this is the typical cnn poll go door to door across america i bet you'll you them number for this pice of crap to be impeached is way higher than 35% try like 85% he is far the worst of many man they held that sit he is the do notting wreck america preisdent an stop calling him obama is name is barry stop make like he a great man he is not

    July 25, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
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