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. Rudy NYC


    I hope she continues speaking just to aggravate the left wing liberals and Democrats. Who cares if she knows what she's talking about.
    Aggravate? Man, have you got it backwards. I think most people appreciate seeing her make a mockery of the right wing, and are thankful for her. It's like she doesn't know that the SNL skit ended six years ago.

    July 10, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Joanne

    I totally agree with respondents in the above poll. I would vote to send Sara Palin, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the talking heads on the various radio/TV talk shows on a slow boat to Antarctica for them to live out the rest of their days. I am an independent voter (and a I VOTE) and both political parties make me sick today. Anybody know if Mickey Mouse is available to run in 2016??? He would certainly be better than who we have in the White House today and Congress, too.

    July 10, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Scott

    Y'all are just going to have to deal with it. You can rant. You don't have to like her. She has free speech just like you, so if she has to shut up, so do you.

    July 10, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    tom l

    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.


    Okay, if we're going to play on 5th grade-level "humor" here's one for ya: 180% of the people on this thread have had enough of tom i and all the voices in his head, and wish THEY would just go away. Now THAT'S humorous!

    July 10, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. frank

    Sarah Palin is a fantastic politician....common sense, straight talk.... it is the media saying enough and those not intelligent enough to think on their own. Normal America understands and agrees with Palin

    July 10, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Kevoh

    Articles like this and reporters on your channel calling people radical because they believe Obama violated his oath and the constitution and should be impeached are exactly why CNN's ratings are in the toilet....the only people watching were already in said toilet. Obama is a would be dictator and should be impeached....he makes Nixon look like George Washington....

    July 10, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Alaska

    I'm sorry Caribou Barbie, your 15 minutes were up when the GOP picked you instead of Joe Lieberman for McCain's running mate. Those two together had a REAL chance to win. You were a side show.

    July 10, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. it must be said

    Can somebody please take a poll that asks if they want Obama to shut up and actually do some work?!!

    July 10, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Malory Archer

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


    I know right? Because... Benghazi!

    July 10, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. brian

    Who is Sarah Palin?

    July 10, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. DFWallace

    Barbie from the trailer park. Largely responsible for Left/Right moderates not considering voting for McCain.

    How could the RNC run her as a VP? Incredible. In her high school yearbook, I would have written "Sarah Palin: Least likely to read a book, and most likely to burn one." (Mahar) Vacuous, brain-dead superficiality. Perfect for our times.

    July 10, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    tom l posted:

    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!!! 🙂
    It is unfortunate that you feel that way, but not surprising coming from someone with your ideology. I know for a fact that Fair cares about "the gang". She has previously expressed concerns about my health, and that of others.

    July 10, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. David

    Oh yea, it's Palin, not Obama, you liberals who don't pay your taxes or give to charity won't be helping these children either.

    July 10, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. JerryFishman

    Don't forget Bloomberg, rich man Bloomberg who made his money in NY.

    July 10, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Monica

    The one thing this poll indicates is that we still have quite a bit of sexism in America. She's no more annoying than the other figures in the poll, yet when a woman voices her opinions about politics, there's still a collective eye-roll in this country, from both women and men. Not a fan of hers, but I hardly hear anything from her, I hear way more from Gingrich and co.

    July 10, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    tom l posted:

    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.
    Gee. That's good to know ..... jennifer.

    July 10, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. ted

    Sarah who?

    July 10, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. tom

    she should go back to writing on her hand

    July 10, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Where are my spears? TOM!
    You'll wake up the baby!....oh wait, I just checked, hell, he's up!
    @ Fair
    "What can I say?? The guy has excellent taste in women!"
    If you say so!

    July 10, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    Oh yea, it's Palin, not Obama, you liberals who don't pay your taxes or give to charity won't be helping these children either.
    Just like Death Panels and Birth certificate, " liberals who don't pay your taxes or give to charity " is the new crazy right wing myth of the day! Woo-hoo. 25 points all around.

    July 10, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Ro

    Add Sen. John McCain to the list. All he ever does, all he ever has done since he lost the election in 2008 is criticize President Obama. He has never given Pres. Obama credit for anything, not even when he ordered the raid that got
    Osama Bin Lade! McCain's sidekick is another one who constantly finds fault with this President. McCain needs to retire, he needs to go away and try to forget he LOST!

    July 10, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Ro

    Sorry, forgot to mention the Sidekick! Sen. Lindsey Graham!!

    July 10, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Bubba10

    The morePpalin and her ilk talk, the better the Democrats will do in elections. Keep talking, half term quitter.

    July 10, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. DRJJ

    Sarah, we've talked more about private sx lives than public debt and what we do with our time says everything about us. So, we're not interested in best practices, just whatever feels good. For us, hope is a plan and change is a goal and after that we'll realize how dang foolish we've been and only then. Until then, we get the government we deserve. Thanks for tryin however, you have passion, wisdom and courage-need more like ya!

    July 10, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. pauleky

    I always look agog at those that consider Palin a hero. I guess America gets the heroes we deserve. As a country, we sure don't value education. Facts are being politicized by those who think their ignorance is as good as someone else's smarts. A sad, sad time.

    July 10, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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