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.

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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. CSD

    Lol. "less outspoken in political discourse". This vapid brainless airhead would have a hard time reading that sentence let alone engaging in "political discourse".

    July 10, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. 866bway

    I don't mind Palin speaking her mind. It's just that she literally never adds anything productive to the political discourse.

    July 10, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Jim

    America to CNN and jerk Obama, "ENOUGH" no matter what you do or in the case "don't do" you won't win in Nov. you will be thrown out on them big ears.

    July 10, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    "Do not hate a person for speaking out, everyone has that right." Er, people have the right to speak out without being arrested by the government. People do not have the right to speak out and to not have verbal criticism launched their way. Sounds like you're a typical tea party activist who doesn't even understand the 1st amendment. Also, Republicans tried to impeach Clinton. I'm sure they'll try with every single candidate that isn't their own until the end of time. Obama may be terrible as POTUS, but at least he didn't quit his job to go start a reality TV star. Palin is really just Paris Hilton with a political agenda.

    July 10, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Bob

    I disagree with hottpoker–I think she is a REAL boob.

    July 10, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Quitter: Half-term governor of Alaska
    Liar: Death panels
    Mooch: Accepted a housing allowance from the State of Alaska while living in her own home

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    July 10, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. BS

    She has no clue.

    July 10, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. get realist

    I hope The Quitter never stops! She's doing a great job exposing her kind as the low-info mouth breathers they are!

    July 10, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Dallas

    Her 15 minutes are long over with – time for her to go back to Alaska and stay there! She contributes nothing to the national conversation and does nothing but rile of the lunatics at the far right wing extreme of the Republican party. America has had enough of this woman and it is time for her to fade into the sunset as just an asterik in the history books!

    July 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. thunder1road

    imagine that you had a job where you were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to go all around the country and tell lies and make outrageous statements to assist the global corporate cabal in their destruction of our democracy.

    July 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Sydney C.

    "Out to Pasture"? How about, out of her misery! Over-hyped, over-exposed, over-paid, over her head...she's had her 15 minutes of fame. Now she needs to go and join Paris Hilton, remind us all again that she's famous for no other reason than being famous....and...dumber than a box of rocks.

    July 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Jinny Lee

    Sarah Palin....Please take a short and permanent hike to Russia.....they would probably gladly receive you.

    July 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC


    Yes she is out spoken but at least someone is.. I am tired of hearing that no one wants to mention Impeachment due the fear of be called a racist. It has nothing to do with skin color but everything to do with his actions and lack of actions that has called for it. Do not hate a person for speaking out, everyone has that right. Yes some are louder than others and if the polls are correct most are tired of hearing the Pres lie.
    You're confusing media pundits with actual elected officials. There are plenty of conservatives holding elected office calling for the president's impeachment. There are not that many liberals holding elected office that are calling people racists for calling an impeachment against Obama. The list of Republicans is as long as my arm.

    July 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Journey

    Please go away already...

    July 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Bookldy209

    If you've ever spent any time in Alaska (and her hometown of Wasalia), one learns that mayors and the like are largely figureheads. The cops are state highway patrol and Washington sends bags of money to Alaska in exchange for the oil fields. All of our communities would have surplus budgets if they were not raised locally. The GOP simply said, "Look – there's a woman" instead of the right woman.

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Serious Truth

    Can that work with the President as well?

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Tone


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

    So why can't Navyvet speak for his/her? are you his/her mouth piece?

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Don

    CNN and liberals talk about the GOP war on women – this article shows it's the liberals and MSM that are attacking women.

    Now go sit in the corner and cry that the best women you can get are the witches like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @Rosslaw: ""Green eggs and ham" is in her right hand in the photo. Is this some sort of right-wing bible? Canadian Cruz read from the same Dr. Seuss book during his fake filibuster."

    Well, "Green Eggs and Ham" is rated as having an Interest Level of K-2 and a Reading Level Grade Level Equivalent of 2.2, so it makes sense the gop/tea bags refer to it a lot: it's about as deep as their base can understand.

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. David

    Palin is irrelevant and the media needs to ignore her. Why do they bother? She has no grasp of even her own party.

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Philoneous Funk

    anyone, on either side of the aisle, or anyone in the US, who honestly belived and sided with the senile rancher in Idago who persisted in violating federal law. Even after notices and even court judgements he continued. Notice how all of his proponents immediatly changed what flavor of garbage they were spewing, just to get as far from him as possible after his inappropriate rants?

    July 10, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Bubba

    As a Republican I resent Sarah. Her brand of self serving rhetoric is contagious, and it has swept through the GOP like a wild fire which gave birth to the Teatards.
    As a direct result of Sarah and her cohorts, Obama is enjoying his second term, and the GOP is on life support.

    July 10, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. June Sheriff

    Could it be that the Republicans put Palin with McCain to throw the election to the Democrates because the Republican (Bush 1 & 2) made such a mess of the economy, immigration, foreign policy etc. ... that they wanted to let the Dems take the blame ??

    July 10, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Smitty

    I love how Palin is asking for Obama to be impeached. Big words coming from someone who quit their job because they couldn't handle the pressure.

    July 10, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Haetox

    Obviously a typo. Replace Sarah Palin with 'Barrack Obama'

    July 10, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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