America to Sarah Palin: Enough!
July 10th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
7 years ago

America to Sarah Palin: Enough!

(CNN) - A majority of voters say they've heard enough from Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania survey indicates that 54% of voters say they've heard enough from Palin and would prefer that the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate be less outspoken in political discourse. That includes nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and nearly four in 10 Republicans.

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The poll's release came just a couple of days after Palin made national headlines by calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

Palin, a Fox News Channel contributor, remains popular and influential with tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives.

Palin applauds Hillary Clinton's 'boldness' in memoir

Sen. John McCain, who tapped Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, said while he "respect(s) always Sarah Palin's views," her comments might hurt Republican chances of taking control of the Senate in 2014.

Asked by reporters on Thursday if its a mistake for the GOP to pursue impeachment, McCain said "yes."

"Because the real answer is to get control of the United States Senate. Then we can enact legislation which will curb exactly what Sarah Palin and others are saying they want to impeach him for. And you are never going to get 67 votes in the United States Senate either," he said.

McCain isn't the only high profile Republican dismissing Palin's call for Obama's impeachment. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner also split with the former Alaska governor on the issue.

What other former politicians would voters like to keep quiet?

Fifty-one percent of those questioned said they've heard enough from former Democratic presidential candidate and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. Forty-five percent said the same thing about former Vice President Dick Cheney, who's been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama.

The poll indicates that 43% said they've heard enough from former House speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," with four in 10 saying the same thing about former Vice President Al Gore, and 32% saying they've heard enough from Gore's old boss Bill Clinton.

The NBC News/Annenberg poll was conducted June 30-July 3 and July 5-7, with 1,137 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Who's missing from the list? Make your nominations in the comments below.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Capitol Hill Reporter Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report


Filed under: Impeachment • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (534 Responses)
  1. Pierce

    If Democrats were smart they would want Sarah Palin speaking up daily. About everything.
    She's good for the Democrats, bad for the GOP/tea party.

    July 10, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Larry B.

    Enough is enough with this woman. She is a major grifter and fraud. She and all her ilk such as Karl Rove, Rummy, et al have no relevance to America in the year 2014. Nor did they ever have any relevance.

    July 10, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @joe
    What happened to freedom of speech? Does that only work when the majority agree with what they are saying? If the media wanted her to go away, we would not see a single peep from her. They are using her...
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    #1 – nothing happened to freedom of speech. And the rest of us are free to say she is an idiot.
    #2 – "they are using her" She is a public figure. The media also has their freedom to call her an idiot.

    More freedom to speak than you can handle apparently. And no this does not fit into the "liberals are stopping us for speaking" myth nonsense. In fact I want Palin to say whatever pops into her head. It has been too long since we heard the story of Paul Revere's ride for gun rights, or the spooky death-panels.

    July 10, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Ray
    You may not agree with everything she says, I sure don't. But on impeaching Obama I think we have a consensus! If you don't agree with that one...YOU.. are the moron!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If the reds actually had made their case to impeach President Obama, they would be shouting from the rooftops. However, their hatred of him and their creation of so-called "Obama scandals" that fall apart the minute a light is shone on them isn't grounds, so yeah.

    July 10, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Justin

    Palin was only the 2nd woman placed on a presidential ticket. The 1st was Ferrarro in 84'.

    What really amazes me is all the vitriol, sexist and obsene comments made about Palin and her family. All of this coming from a Democratic party who nominated the 1st woman VP candidate, and from the party that claims the GOP engage in some mythical "war on women". Its highly offensive and shows that the democrats are really not tolerant of all. They are merely tolerant of those who toe the liberal line. Sexims abounds in the DNC.

    July 10, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    I Can't Take It Anymore
    If I have to listen to Obama spew his lies and garbage in one more press conference, interview or TV appearance, my head is going to explode. I'm going to have to get rid of the TV if I am to survive the next 2.5 years.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Does President Obama FORCE you to watch him on TV? Wow – you reds sure do give him a lot of power over you!

    July 10, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. goblackhawks

    If people are sick of hearing from her .. why is there over 10 pages of posts ? I would rather have someone who was a former mayor , gov, sat on oil board in the Whitehouse .. than a community org. (who I can't find anything he did in Chicago ... and I live in Chicago ) ... O I'm sorry as SEN .. he voted present 121 times

    July 10, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. TheOpinionatedOne

    Personally, I like Sarah Palin. She holds nothing back, she is real. What you see is what you get. Can't say the same for our President. What happened to transparency that he promised? What happened to bi-partisan government that he also promised? He needs to get off the golf courses, the campaign trail, and the pool halls; stay in DC and do the job he was elected to do. PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION, NOT DESTROY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Boomer in Mo

    Todd "legitimate rape" Akin has popped up again. Lord save us from fruit cakes like him, Sarah, Michelle....

    July 10, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Shuffler

    She has a right to her opinion as much as the next free American. I suggest those that prefer communism go stand in front of a tank in China.

    July 10, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. guest

    "There is a reason why the American people did not elect McCain as President – a good man who made a very stupid decision! Pick Sarah Palin as his VP!"

    ==========

    Part of me thinks it was a political stunt meant to lose the election. The neocons i think were playing the long game, obstruct obama in hopes of fanning the flames of what must be an incendiary presidency, being the first black president and all.

    I dont think they counted on mittens losing though, i dont think they considered that america is smarter as a whole than RNC had assumed. And thus it wasnt just obstructing the president anymore, the tactic changed to throwing the word scandal and impeachment around as much as possible, trying to garner support for the same charade they used during clinton's lame duck tenure.

    July 10, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    “They’ve been saying that Democrats have created safe haven cities.”

    Yeah, we know. They, the right wing, says that a lot. It’s all you hear and listen to.
    ––

    Rudy, are you honestly denying that there are sanctuary cities?
    ===========================================================================
    What if I told you that the right wing created "sanctuary cities" by denying them housing elsewhere?

    July 10, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. CuriousG

    I may not agree with everything she says but I think she brings out some good points. And I read that 50% of the polls are bs!

    July 10, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. BigAl

    We just got back from Wasilla, Alaska and I can definitively tell you that you cannot see Russia from there (or Juneau either).

    July 10, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    ANN COULTER!
    Shis is toxic.
    Please ANN, stop talking!!!

    July 10, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. altaire4

    Palin is an embarrassment, she makes this country look like it is full of weird and hateful unintelligent people. Further more, the tea party is also filled with the same type of no-brains..

    July 10, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. fromoverhere

    Why is CNN still reporting "telephone" polls as being statistically representative of the US population? The real story is this: why are major poll takers still using land lines? This skews the age of respondents significantly higher. If this poll represented a true cross section...i.e. younger voters who use wireless services as their carrier...chances are the disapproval numbers for Palin, Cheney and company would be even higher. Young people are fed up with this generation of do-nothing, divisive politicians.

    July 10, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. marton

    I just wanna see Palin one more time: on the new TV Reality show: "Cheney & Palin Go Hunting". It'll just take one episode, and if we can get a murder charge, we'll be rid of the two of them!

    July 10, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Steve, New York City

    The most interesting thing about this article is only 54%? Really? Are the other 46% excited to hear what this painfully stupid person has to say? Maybe they think that she's just entertaining?

    July 10, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Ah... poor Sarah. She suffers so. Being insane and famous is a recipe for disaster.

    July 10, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Marilyn

    Who is asked to take this kind of poll? I have never been asked for my "free speech opinion". Having said that, please go shoot your dinner Sarah, I don't want to hear from you or see you anymore. You come across as a very unintelligent offensive person. All the hatred between political parties needs to stop. I don't want to hear it anymore.

    July 10, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. ART

    Lets face it Trig has a higher IQ

    July 10, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Want to shut up Pain'in CNN? don't print her crap.

    July 10, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Pippi Detman

    Count me in as one American sick of this woman. I don't know why the McCain advisers decided on her as his running mate, but they screwed up royally.

    @goblackhawks – there are 10 pages of posts because the average American doesn't have the audience or means to let his/her opinions known. These posts are a way for people to vent. Conversely, if you don't like it, you're more than welcome to read and post on another article.

    July 10, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Justin

    Palin was only the 2nd woman placed on a presidential ticket. The 1st was Ferrarro in 84'.

    What really amazes me is all the vitriol, sexist and obsene comments made about Palin and her family. All of this coming from a Democratic party who nominated the 1st woman VP candidate, and from the party that claims the GOP engage in some mythical "war on women". Its highly offensive and shows that the democrats are really not tolerant of all. They are merely tolerant of those who toe the liberal line. Sexims abounds in the DNC.
    =====================================================================
    You're blaming Democrats? Name one Democrat who did any of the things that you accuse. You cannot. Sorry, late night comics do not qualify as "Democrats". Sorry, amateur blogs do not qualify as "Democrats". Sorry, media pundits do not qualify as "Democrats". Democrats are current or former elected officials. Name one, what they said, and when.

    July 10, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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