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. marty in MA

    If the media would stop giving her the spotlight, she WOULD go away.

    July 10, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Rudy NYC


    " Every single day Fox News is advertising to the entire world that they can sneak across the border and find Nirvana. "

    A very good point. Faux's and the GOP/Teatrolls' deliberate misrepresentations, conspiracy theories, misinformation campaigns and reality-denial demagoguery about the availability of government assistance to illegals and how many illegals are actually able to take advantage of these programs actually may have somewhat of a paradoxical and unintended effect: encouraging immigrants to come here illegally. Next time you read a lengthy conservative rant about the evils of immigration and illegals and how they're all getting free stuff left and right, try reading it in a commercial voice-over voice like it's an advertisement from a travel company and you'll see what I mean.
    I agree. I've been saying the same thing. Conservatives have been shouting for at least the last couple of years that Pres. Obama has opened up the borders to welcome illegal immigrants. They've been saying that there is little or no enforcement. They've been saying that Democrats have created safe haven cities. Anyone who watches "America's News Channel" knows all about the FREE STUFF that the Obama administration gives away.

    July 10, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. msyellarose

    Please add Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to this list. Though they are not actually politicians, they could stand to stay out of political conversations.

    July 10, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. FreeDrop

    I've heard enough from ALL the politicians.

    You could gather them in a circle and throw a rock and not hit one that has accomplished anything in eight years.

    July 10, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. roger

    I hope she continues speaking just to aggravate the left wing liberals and Democrats. Who cares if she knows what she's talking about.

    July 10, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. tim

    virtually any of the GOP pundits who only have negative dissatisfaction to voice and nothing inclusive and solution oriented: Ann Coulter, Amy Holmes, Ben Ferguson to name 3 that come to mind. The sanctimonious attitude they have as if their logic is at all understood and supported by the general public is astounding. They all talk like they speak for "the American people", but they don't seem to understand their club is itsy bitsy teeny tiny. Thank God the majority of Americans recognize the diversity of this nation and view everyone as having equal rights. The GOPers are so angry all the time at everything.

    July 10, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. irayd84u

    i thought she died lol

    July 10, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. just asking

    why aren't all the lefties questioning the validity of this poll like they did with the one that said obama is the worse president since ww2??? hhhmmmmmm....????

    July 10, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. tim

    oh and yes we have to add Rudy Giuliani to that list.

    July 10, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Steve

    I think enough of America loves this lady to put her in the WH, what a thought.

    July 10, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. JR

    Yeah, Palin is our big problem.

    July 10, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. e

    OK we have a publicized poll asking if the American public is tired of Sarah Palin. Now let's do one which asks if they are tired of hearing from Harry Reid, who is an even bigger idiot. Wait, I forgot, that'll never happen because the American media is in the pocket of the liberal establishment and an active participant in its on-going efforts to destroy the Republican Party and eliminate conservative ideology from political discourse.

    July 10, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Joe

    If you are not an american and have not gone through the proper legal channels to be here you do not belong here. There is no room for debate. Either you are a legal resident, citizen, or illegal resident. The End.

    July 10, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Not a word about democrats moving in a guy next door who watched the family in the backyard through binoculars."

    "Gee, where's that article and the accompanying comment section?"
    Not a word about thousands of personal emails that the NSA collected, and which Snowden just recently released. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that the most recent of the emails are dated from back in 2008.

    July 10, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Sheila

    Libs are afraid of her influence – go, Sarah!!

    July 10, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. tom l

    Malory Archer

    tom l
    Malory Archer

    survey indicates that 180% of voters say they've heard enough from obama and would prefer that he be less outspoken in political discourse and that he would just resign and leave office


    Really? Care to disclose where we can find that so-called "survey" on the internets?


    That liberal wonderful sense of humor shining through...


    I have a great sense of humor tom, thanks for asking! However, "humor" is subjective, and making $#(+ up isn't so much humorous as it is pathetic,and it must be awful to be so desperate for attention that one needs to resort to such tactics, but thanks for playing!

    I stand by my first comment. 180% is more than is possible. It was meant as a joke and you clearly cannot see that. Sheesh.

    July 10, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. tim

    and another thing – it is the Republicans who go around the world touting the greatness of America and welcoming everyone to come here because we are such a free wonderful democratic society. Their idea of freedom is the rights that only they recognize. But I digress. So when all of these diversities come here, they GOP does not want to acknowledge they exist. Go figure.

    July 10, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair
    Besides, she's got 31 years on her sentence so far and sees no reason not to make it life without parole.
    Fair I will ignore the whole "dated a liberal" thingy and sincerely toast you and your hubby on your 31 years.
    Quite an accomplishment in this day and age of disposal marriages.
    I wish you "life without possibility of parole" in your marriage as well.
    What can I say?? The guy has excellent taste in women!

    July 10, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "As long as Reid and Pelosi are breathing Palin is fresh air, right?"

    More like a fart in a tornado: relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of things but still stank.

    July 10, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. tom l

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "I don't know about the bolting... we might be biting off more that we can chew ... Fair might have bolting on her mind, too!"

    Fair would never show up. She dated a lib guy once... got frustrated trying to explain to him what to do. Besides, she's got 31 years on her sentence so far and sees no reason not to make it life without parole.
    Where are my spears? TOM!


    My girl is from Africa. She has shown me pictures from her home of the spears if I mess up! I wouldn't want to get in the way of them!! 🙂

    It's so nice to see some banter amongst us here. Maybe we actually secretly like each other but just don't want to admit it.

    On second thought...naaaaahhh!!! 🙂

    By the way, did Wes write the headline for the CNN homepage today??

    July 10, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Richard

    I believe that all politicians should keep thier mouth closed and start ACTING like elected officials and placing the people first before themselves. I do not know of one politician that does not have their OWN personal agenda rather than and agenda that is best for the PEOPLE.

    July 10, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. markinfla

    Many Dems LOVE it when she spouts off. Just helps remind THEIR base why it is important to get out and vote.

    July 10, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Greenspam

    We didn't have an immigration problem under President George W Bush, George Bush, or Ronald Reagan, NOT!

    July 10, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Chris

    Hallelujah! A lot of people need to shutup from both sides, ESPECIALLY people like Palin who run wild with the hate and fear card. You are not helping! I try to be moderate but so very sick of the blame everyone but yourself or your party line. Put up a strategy to truly help America WITHOUT the discrimination element or GO AWAY! People keep whining about Obama policies like healthcare, well, come up with a better strategy and going back to what we had is not it.

    July 10, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Name

    I'll vote for rick perry. he is a lot like Ronald
    Reagan, a deceased and great president

    July 10, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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