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. Debbie

    But she's so clueless and fun to laugh at.

    July 10, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. dlh

    Make like a hockey stick and get the puck out.

    July 10, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Hal Bass

    Along with Palin, Cheney and Jesse Jackson, let's add Michele Bachmann to the list of those who should disappear into oblivion.

    July 10, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. MaryM

    Exactly. The TPers like that harpy Palin have destroyed the GOP,. You extremist TPers , get your own party

    July 10, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Kevin Quail

    More about the vanished Malaysian plane from CNN.

    July 10, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. tv22

    She'd go away if the media stopped playing right into her hands.

    July 10, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. cantstandya

    Maybe the repub's should go after the person who made it possible for Obama to be President. That person is G W Bush!

    July 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. smith

    @Tone-What`s the matter don`t like that dose of your own medicine?

    July 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Randy Sandberg

    Who says enough? Give me a break. Look at the mess we're in now. Transparent? NO. Following the law and upholding passed laws? NO. Telling the truth? NO. Sarah Palin could not have done worse than the guy we have now. And by the way, she actually had a job.

    July 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Wade

    Wow that is the same amount exactly that disapprove of Obama and 20% less than thank he is a liar and 2% less that think he can no longer lead America. So if you support Obama you got to give her credit for being at least as popular as he is! LOL......

    July 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Capromeryx

    Let's see: who to add to the list? Dick Cheney is my number one choice. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the tea party idiots. I could add a lot more, but this comment section is not long enough. Oh yeah; the jerk who just stated that the temperatures of Mars and Earth were the same (mean temperatures are significantly different) and then using circular reasoning, somehow linked this to climate change and the burning of coal. Where are these people educated? Or not.

    July 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. lacoaster

    Bimbo! Oooops, I meant Bingo!!!!

    July 10, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Coach Irf

    I for one think that she should continue speaking her mind. It has no real effect on American politics, except maybe damaging the GOP's chances at winning elections (no intelligent independent is suddenly going to become a republican based solely on her comments, and the ones getting all excited about her have been fringe conservatives anyway), so given the risk:reward of her speaking, I say keep talking, Sarah!

    July 10, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Ehab

    Sarah Palin is ignorance is correct, but she knows that. Our administration including our president are ignorant, but they do not know that. The public, lead by CNN and similar, does not want to know how to evaluate him correctly because CNN sold him to us as the savior and the ONLY one.

    July 10, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Kevin Quail

    Less from Rick Perry. It's astonishing that Texans could find someone dumber than Bush to elect as governor.

    July 10, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. massconn72

    I see that she is holding the book that represents the highest level of her education that she received.

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

    I think we're tired of hearing from any former or current politician. None of them can tell and probably don't know what really is effecting the American population. They're just in it for the money grab and perks.

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

    President Obama better not be impeached... why?! Because white conservatives are jealous of his accomplishments and want to stop anything that he tries to do? Palin & the rest of you Obama-haters can go take a seat and SHUT UP!!!

    July 10, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Dave Scoven

    Sarah Palin is what happens when William F. Buckley Jr. goes to Opposite World. Democrats should love her – she's an utter embarrassment to the GOP.

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

    All comments by liberals, what do you expect from CNN.She has 100% more leadrship skills than the joke we have in there now.She is a threat to the liberals that is why they painted a bad picture of her.She is even aware that the Republican party can no longer be trusted.They will also turn on her.

    July 10, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. EVN

    I want Palin to keep spouting off – I really truly do. I'd even like her to be the GOP running mate (or better yet, the GOP candidate), in the next presidential election. That would more than guaranty that the party of no continues to marginalize itself and accelerate the GOP going the way of the dinosaur.

    July 10, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    sifto
    Mallory archer, you are making that up..no one trashes liberal women on cnn and uses vile language..grow up..

    sifto, you really need to take a reading comprehension class. I didn't say that CNN does it. I said reds, such as yourself trash Hillary Clinton and other female politicians on CNN's message boards every single day. Perhaps after you take that reading comprehension class, you should follow your own advice and grow up yourself, babe.

    July 10, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Martin

    Sarah Palin is a photogenic disaster; she did not know what her job was to have been as Vice President (we learned what a VP does in Elementary School, her interview on 60 Minutes showed the world that she was either undeducated or could not deal with pressure of an interview). She's the Paris Hilton of Politics – but Hilton made young mistakes and is gradually growing up and showing some class – which Palin does not. She's a failed Vice Presidential Candidate (I did not vote for McCain because of her), she's a failed Governor who quit that job. She has no substance yet appeals to the idiocracy of the unwashed white lower class masses (lower in class, not about income), but is easy on the eyes.

    July 10, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. knucklehead

    When Sarah speaks her mind, it never takes long, and is quite revealing.

    The main problem with these half-wits is they want to attempt stupid things just to attempt them. They are completely irrational, unrealistic, and short sighted.

    July 10, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. 'Nother-Son-'O-Ursus.Rexx

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

    I can just picture Hilary Clinton, in my mind's eye, gettin' ready for bed each night, between now and when she takes her first, (of two'), presidential-oaths:
    "...and, please, lord...keep Sarah Palin & W. Mitt Romney in the news! Give 'Em 'inexhaustible' air-time!"

    July 10, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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