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. dwicjan

    Pain needs to be put out to pasture.

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

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

    July 10, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. stacey sprinkle

    Let's see – where to begin. I've heard enough from Clinton (both of them), Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Al Sharpton.

    Somehow I'm guessing that none of these were options in your "scientific" study....

    July 10, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Bert

    "Sen. John McCain, who tapped Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election". Tee Hee.

    July 10, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Nelson Rodriguez

    Why does MILF come to mind?

    July 10, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. monnie11

    once again, who on the planet cares what palin "thinks"? (and i hesitate to use the term "think")

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. TheOpinionatedOne

    Headline here is America to Sarah Palin: Enough! I would imagine that if a poll were taken more folks would agree with Sarah than CNN.

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    Yes, enough. Of all the nonconsequential people ever placed before the public eye, she has to rate in the top 3. Sarah, please take this the way it's meant. You are a nobody, and you'll leave this earth the same way. Now go away, far far away.

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. TomGI

    Yes indeed.

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. bob smith

    Sarah Palin has never finished a job she started. she quits or gets fired half way through.

    From Fox to Governor, she only lasts for half of her contracted time.

    Why do REpublicans like quitters?

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. GreyMan

    I really hope McCain made a lot of money for selecting her. He couldn't have made that choice for free.

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. D

    So, does that mean CNN will stop posting articles about this cretin?

    July 10, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. emintey

    John McCain will be remembered for two things, his military service and for inflicting Sarah Palin on us.

    July 10, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Burbank

    Narcissism knows no bounds! She says something outrageous to stay in the spotlight every time she feels she's not getting enough attention. I don't really think it has much to do with Obama, it's more about "All eyes on Sarah all the time." I wish she would get abducted by Aliens or something... Enough is right!

    July 10, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. SixDegrees

    It's been a long 15 minutes for Palin, but it's finally up.

    July 10, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Lauren

    Sarah Palin has exactly as much right as I do to express opinions about our government. It's because we live in this great country that she throw out her criticisms. She has not authority, no place of power and no place in our government but she still has the right to an opinion. It's the media that keep reporting her every work that is the problem. Is it news that Sarah Palin wants someone impeached. I wanted George Bush impeached but strangely enough no one reported on that : )

    July 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Roy

    Palin – or just leave out the "l" in her name. "Pain" is a much better term to describe this woman. Another person who just says crazy things to keep her and her books, or whatever, in the spotlight to make money. And some people fall for it.

    July 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. lucyl15

    I've always been an independent because I've never voted by party but based on how I felt about issues (though I've actually found myself voting for the lesser of evils for the most part over the years). The only President I actually voted wholeheartedly for, never regretted the decision and would take back as President in a minute was President Clinton. I reluctantly voted for Bush in both elections because I disliked John Kerry more and detested Al Gore. I hated our involvement in Iraq from the beginning as well as his tolerance of illegal immigrants because I didn't it was good for our country and was unfair to those immigrants who patiently wait in line and play by the rules. I had high hopes for but reluctantly voted for Pres Obama in the first election because of his total lack of experience and the realization that by the election I still had no idea where he stood on any issue since he was very adept at talking a lot and sounding good without clearly stating a position on any issue. By the second election I had become terrified that he truly disliked our country, had no respect for the Constitution and was well on his way to implementing policies that would utimately destroy us. From that perspective on my past political positions, my opinion of Palin has devolved from thinking she gave a great speech at the Republican convention and was at least interesting, new and different to believing that she's just a dabbler who likes being involved in anything that gets her media attention and speaks in memorized soundbites without any real depth of knowledge on any issue. I do believe she's become a negative force in conservative politics.

    July 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. sifto

    Love how liberals continue to finance sara..the more they stroke out, the more money she makes..who are the idiots here? Hahaha..go sara..love you..

    July 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. rad666

    America to Media - Enough of Sarah Palin

    July 10, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. JJ

    I nominate John Boehner.

    July 10, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    @sifto, we also love how you finance the Clintons. Seeing your predictable, boring comments is enough proof that you have lost the ability to discern anything on the merits.

    July 10, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. AFA

    Conservatism = give up on reason and intelligence.

    July 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Some of us liberals lurrvvv Sarah and we want her to keep exercising her right to free speech. And we'll exercise ours in laughter! 😄😄😄😄

    Go Sarah!!! Yeah boy McCain "tapped" that!!😆😆😆😆

    July 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Steve

    Sarah Palin is right and the media knows she doens't play party games. Liberals and conservatives could very well unite on this...Bush had issues and so does Obama. The executive authority has been abused way too long and Palin is simply calling for unity on both sides. Listen to what she says and stop letting a nervous media distract you. WE ALL SUFFER because of this horrible government.

    July 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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