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.

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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. Nodack

    CNN says enough of Sarah Palin and to drive that point home they write three articles about her in a week.

    Pfft.

    July 10, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. sifto

    Real tom paine..you are the boring one..I voted for bill clinton twice..you are also making things up..liberals seem to only know how to fabricate when they don't like other folks' comments..keep trying with your sour comments..

    July 10, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Anna

    "Missing from the list?"

    Michelle Bachman. The only person who can make Palin the idiot sound like Einstein.

    July 10, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. adoptedusa

    No sane person in the US actually cares about Palin anymore. You the media who is always obsessed with this lunatic

    July 10, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. John Walsh

    OMG She is such a total waste

    July 10, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Bob

    OH heck no – let her talk all she wants because they more she supports the GOP the more people realize that if she supports them they have a problem.

    July 10, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. m123

    Wow, a resounding 54%
    The same as Obama's disapproval rating
    How about both Palin and Obama disappear from the public?
    Neither is worth much

    July 10, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Ronnie was a RINO!

    Ben Ghazi / Sarah Palin 2016
    Go Repubs!!!

    July 10, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. m123

    CNN, always good for a fluff piece to make the Obama drones happy and try to pull any attention away from the horrible job that lying POS Obama is doing.

    July 10, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Bill, Bloominton IL

    The book means she is trying to appeal to the liberals who have the average IQ of 2nd graders.

    July 10, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Tone

    Anonymous

    Democrats are so blinded by Obama's ignorance that it's just sad! Sarah Palin needs a place in

    Something must be wrong with your brains to think that palin knows anything pappa grizzly mama grizzly a bunch a bull My President, and king is an intelligent man he is a lawyer and professor, your leader palin is the dimest of light among women in this country.

    July 10, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Pandamonius

    Out of the remaining 46%, I'm wondering how many want her to hang around just because she's always good for a laugh or a drinking game...

    July 10, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. tannim

    So because she is outspoken AND correct, CNN concocts a poll that is predetermined to call on her to be quiet, and the statist big government wimps agree with the poll, because they care about partisan politics over the good of the nation. Got it.

    July 10, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. tired of reagan worship

    I am tired of the right worshipping Reagan. Nice guy but he screwed up Lebanon, the national debt, and takes credit for winning the cold war when the Soviet state was already well on its way out. And legalizing Cubans!!

    July 10, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Cyg

    Sarah, only reason anyone is STILL listening, is they are still hopeful you will appear in Playboy. Otherwise there is nothing left for you..shoo now.

    July 10, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    So tired of Sarah Palin, and a do-nothing Congress – they need to go

    July 10, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. kevin

    She is looking old. This endless tour she is on has taken it's toll on this simpleton.

    July 10, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Ratickle

    Apparently the raving lefties on MSNBC can say anything they like. (Except when they have to apologize.) My reaction is to never watch MSNBC. (Apparently I'm not alone. Almost no one is watching.) If you don't like what Sarah Palin is saying, then just switch the channel. Why should the raving lefties be the only ones with a voice? Can't our democracy can accommodate at least one raving right winger?

    July 10, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Apprxam

    She is serving her country by making the Republicans look stupid and soon they will tire of her antics.

    July 10, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Samantha

    Illiterate white trash is the only group with whom this woman has any following. That's probably because only illiterate white trash, ever, would consider taking Sarah Palin seriously.

    July 10, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. GregoTX

    Gee, that's funny. I haven't heard that. Sarah Palin is a red, white & blue American, and cares deeply about the well being of our country and its founding principles. People that don't like the country, or its founding principles, can F off as far as I'm concerned. Maybe they could go backfill the Mexicans and Guatemalans that are leaving their countries and pouring across our border illegally.

    July 10, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. GuyThatGetsIT

    Despite your political beliefs, there is no doubt that Sara Palin is a huge idiot. One of the dumbest people there is.

    July 10, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Samantha

    Illiterates are the only group with whom this woman has any following. That's probably because only illiterates would consider taking Sarah Palin seriously.

    July 10, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Pandamonius

    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.
    -------------------------–
    ^ This. Sarah and her brand of TP'ers are the best thing to happen for the Democrats since the GOP turned racist in order to get southern voters back in the 60's. Their hate filled speech and contempt for anyone who doesn't bow down and worship their agenda has driven voters away in droves. It also ties up enough of their base to ensure that any conservative candidate, in order to survive the primary, must move so far to the right as to lose any chance of nabbing the crucial independent vote in the generals.

    July 10, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Stan

    What a joke of a poll and am amazed people believe it, well maybe not, this is cnn and democrats. They think a woman who let Americans die in Benghazi and then cover it up is a much better choice. The libs hate that a successful woman has a great life and can take care of her own.

    July 10, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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