America to Sarah Palin: Enough!
July 10th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
8 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. Bill Graham

    It was enough in 2008. I hope she disappears into the woodwork.

    July 10, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Brian

    In which area has Palin succeeded? She should stop wasting our time, unless she can come up with something intelligent.

    July 10, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Buckshotdaman

    Palin's views are meaningless to informed and educated voters.

    July 10, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Lenny Pincus

    Palin should run for some office and try to effect real change instead of crowing on the sidelines...oh, yeah, she did run and lose then quit the elected position she still held. I forgot.

    July 10, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 10, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm
    Is it me or did the author really me McCain tabbed Palin or Tapped?
    He wrote “tapped” and he meant tapped.
    Please tell me you’re NOT surprised.
    We’re talking about Sarah Palin right?
    (Giggle, giggle!).

    Like you said it is Palin so tapped probably fits....😊😊😊😊 What a sight that would have been!! My eyes! My eyes!!😝😝😝😝

    July 10, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Rick

    As a democrat, I think she should keep talking. There's nothing better for our side than Palin spouting off her ridiculous points of view, history, party, etc. This only helps our side when the media can continue keeping her in the spotlight espousing how truly ignorant she really is. She is able to continually place her ignorant and unintelligent viewpoints (and representing the GOP as a whole) before the American audience.

    July 10, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. WMesser58

    Hi I'm Sarah Palin and I'm clueless and irrelevant and people really don't want to hear from me but since i'm delusional I'm going to speak P.S. I have torte so I'll always open my mouth without using fact as an excuse to being seen in the public.

    July 10, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. stuartf287

    What's the impeachable offense? Being a Democratic president? Being a black president? Trying to push congress to do something? I guess Palin does have the constitutional right to say any idiotic thing she pleases, but what she's saying remains idiotic. How could it not be? She's an idiot. Before someone jumps in here with the "m word," these observations are not misogynistic. I say exactly the same thing about Boehner, Cruz, Paul, McDaniel, McConnell, and just about every politician in America who carries the embarrassment of an -R designation behind his name. On the other hand, I'm voting for Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren, so allegations of misogyny be damned!

    July 10, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Tom l

    I am no fan of Palin and would not vote for her but I'm trying to figure out how tone thinks she is racist. What makes tone think she harbors those feelings. As far as "vindictive", is tone aware that almost all politicians are vindictive and our president said "you reward your friends and. Punish your enemies"?? That's a direct quote from president Obama.

    July 10, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Germ

    I think we have heard enough from the talking heads on all forms of media .. and folks that write comments.

    July 10, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. smith

    @Tone-Maybe the same reasons you dislike Palin are the exact same reasons Navyvet can`t stand Obama.

    July 10, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Alan Bravender

    Sarah Palin is a "quitter" and a mental midget – to boot ! With her, "there's NO there – THERE" ! She is only interested in making her newsworthy – to continue to line her own pockets. All of these former sitting politicians care more about making a Buck – than making sense ! ENOUGH already !

    July 10, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. steven

    didnt the book game change expose her as a complete fraud and incompetent? maybe she needs to read it....then quietly slink away and then watch Veep!

    July 10, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    We're talking about Sarah Palin right?
    (Giggle, giggle!).

    A lot depends on whether or not her "Save Sarah" fan club can take the heat.
    They dish .... but when it's served back at them .... they fold. Big time.

    July 10, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC


    @Rudy-Your right, late night comic and bloggers don`t speak for repubs or dems. So now that you called Justin out for saying the dems are sexist are you gonna call out Sniffit, Marie, and the rest that claim the GOP is the kkk or bunch of racist politicians?
    Nope. For what? They're bloggers. Until you decide to call out the right wing extremists, you have no business even asking that question. I have made my views clear many times. You're late to the party. I strongly dislike the name calling, and most of them know it. I think the name calling means that you know that you have lost the argument. When it is done to me, I take it as a badge of honor. It's an undeniable sign that I've won the argument.

    July 10, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. hunkbealagn

    and 62% have heard enough from Obama.

    July 10, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. TnFL

    I had enough of her after the first five minutes of ;earning who she was and hearing her talk.

    July 10, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Premal D.Shah

    Sarah Palin, become an exotic dancer and we will make you a Republican senator.

    July 10, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Retiredplt

    Ask the same question about people's view of Obama!

    July 10, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @Brian, she has succeeded in becoming famous using the Seinfeld formula: she is literally about nothing, making predictable, hateful, and easy-to-anticipate answers because there is a fringe group out there that thinks being able shoot your own game is a sign of leadership, and will hoot and holler about how wonderful a person she is when she has quit everything about being a leader except the celebrity status. She has been effective, however, effective into becoming a caricature of herself.

    July 10, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. nunya

    lol. way to write an impartial headline CNN.
    how about "America to Obama: we have had ENOUGH" due to his similar polls on that schmuck?

    July 10, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine


    and what are the reasons you can't stand Obama? 50 words or less, please.

    July 10, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. dwicjan

    Palin should go back to caring for her children and just keep her thoughts to herself. She is a joke to most intelligent people. Wish we had never heard of her.

    July 10, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Swampman

    I give her one thing...she looks good! She should just answer "World Peace" and let it go from there.

    July 10, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Matt

    By telephone? Really? Who has a landline these days?

    July 10, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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