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.

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. Jack

    It wouldn't be so bad if former politicians weighed in thoughtfully and with reasoned tones on issues, but they often are bombastic and confrontational. Looking to slam those now in power. There is so little intellectual discourse in this country. It's all over the top craziness. Even when they speak in soft, reasoned tones - it's a facade because the message is often incendiary. It's almost worse when they pretend to be deep-thinking intellects. And even the politicians in office are doing the same thing. Everything is hyperpole. Everything is a crisis. Everythings needs to happen yesterday. After a while you turn off. The overkill is exhausting. If everything is a crisis then nothing is a crisis. And these are our best and brightest? If so, God help us.

    July 10, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Cobra212

    Sure when you slant your poll to include mostly liberals, who will oppose any conservative having the freedom of speech, it's easy to get these results. Truth is, however, many many people wish more people would speak out and spread the truth that is being suppressed by CNN and the rest of the liberal media.

    July 10, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Bobba_Fett

    The media eats this up. Why do you think America is "sick" of her? Why do you think Hillary would give her right arm for the press Palin gets? Because more press would make Hillary look bad – but with Palin, does the media care?

    July 10, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Same polling group 53% Obama Disapproval rating. but it was Quinnipiac that showed he polled the worst president since WWII.
    I guess that didn't work towards Obamas favor so it wasn't worth reporting, huh?


    Yeah, except they did – a couple of weeks ago, so it's old news and CNN and the majority of other news organizations have moved on to other things. If you want to keep harping on weeks-old news perhaps you should skip on over to the faux newz website where they'll beat this dead horse until it's but a putrid stain on the side of the road.

    July 10, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. anahadwolves

    Actually, as a Democrat, I hope Caribou Barbie continues her shrill and vociferous verbal vomit unabated. Every time she opens her mouth, America...and the world...see the Republican Party for what it is. Abraham Lincoln would weep at what has become of his party.

    July 10, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Maxwell's Demon

    "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"

    And war is peace too!

    July 10, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    tom l

    I'm only hurt that it took until the 6th page for that one! I was expecting it much earlier than that (and I do think that it's funny). My alternate personality didn't find it too funny though, but he doesn't have the sense of humor that tom l. does!


    It only took until the 6th page because the majority of "the gang" ignores you. Sorry that hurts your feelings. Wait a minute – no I'm not!

    July 10, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Can somebody take a poll that asks if they want Obama to stop lying and destroying this country?

    July 10, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Tom l

    "Obama for. Look at them yelling how these illegals are his fault"

    I would like to be very clear about this. This is not Obama's fault any more than it is Bush's fault. Both parties want this illegal immigration but for totally different reasons and both are wrong. Just another example of the crips and bloods (dems an repubs) and how they have failed the citizens of the US.

    July 10, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Mike

    This poll reinforces my faith in America.

    July 10, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. D Day

    I hope she keeps talking because she helps the left. And she's not to shabby lookin either.

    July 10, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Ed

    54% of Americans is not enough to silence someone. Since when does half of the people represent all of the people? This is a completely bogus attack by NBC news to try to silence political dissent. I would like to hear more from Sarah Palin. Nice try, BNC and CNN, but you don't get to say who talks and who doesn't – no matter how many polls you cook and how many headlines you fabricate to twist the data.

    July 10, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Jared

    So 5 out of 10 left wing and 3 out of 10 right wing are over Sarah Pailin huh? Thats 8 out of 20 and and not a majority. Thanks CNN.

    July 10, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. mommeyh

    If Palin wasn't so pathetic, she would be funny. What will it take for her to get the message that no one cares about what she thinks or does, except for the few remaining whacko tea party members. The American people don't want her as was evident by the way she cost the republicans the presidential election, and her own party doesn't want to be anywhere near her, which was demonstrated by the fact that they clearly told her to stay away from the republican convention. Truth of the matter is she is a fool trying to get some headlines, and should have been impeached as Governer for abusing the power of her office when she tried to use the police against her ex brother-in-law. Go away Sarah and stay away. You're bad for the State of Alaska, the republican party, and the american people.

    July 10, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    I was confused about this post Rudy.
    I thought it was Jennifer that made the original 180% comment, not tom l.

    July 10, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    Bill Vickers
    I know he's not a politico but just a rabble-rousing blowhard but don't you think we've heard enough from Rush Limbaugh?


    Technically, dim bulb barbie ceased to be a politico the day she resigned after serving half a term as governor of the least populous state in the union. Now she's nothing more than a fog horn on an otherwise quiet evening.

    July 10, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Skeeve

    but, but she is sooo entertaining...

    July 10, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Srcactus

    Nobody wants to hear from others! We have become a self centered bunch of hypocrites and have lost the ability to listen or consider the thoughts and ideas of others, This paranoia is a cancer that really needs to go away/

    July 10, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    it must be said

    Can somebody please take a poll that asks if they want Obama to shut up and actually do some work?!!
    There are no bills crossing his desk to sign, except for the job training bill. When he writes executive orders, you guys want to sue him and impeach him. Just cannot win with you folks, but I guess that that is the idea. The no-win scenario.

    July 10, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Don Martinson

    Well, folks, whatever you think of the current crop of talking heads, you'll get your chance to vote for a new President in 2016. It'll just be interesting to see what asshat the right picks as their candidate. Like her or not, Hillary will probably run for the Dems. (or not). Stay tuned.

    July 10, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. T.W.A

    What about Al Sharpton?

    July 10, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. John

    The immigration problem escalated under Bush who did not want farm corporations to lose their cheap labor. The problem has been worse under Obama because the Mexican government is complicit in the smuggling of people over their borders. Republicans and Tea baggers like Palin blame the president for political gain and prefer to not address the real problems. Most Americans are moderate and do not agree with the extreme views of either party. I think that Palin is a paid fool who is told what to say and that makes me a liberal socialist who hates America. "Liberals" do not fear this idiot, they find her ignorance appalling and thank God she isn't the vice president.

    July 10, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. notogop

    The 54% figure is very alarming. It seems there should be a much larger number of people who find her ignorant and repulsive. I would have hoped that only a portion of the teabaggers would find her to be worthy of listening to. This is a terrible indictment on our societal norms and explains fairly well why our country is in the mess we find ourselves.

    July 10, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    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.

    OMG. Clearly you didn't see the humor that I was trying to make. I think, of course, that we all do care for each other's well being. there is no doubt about that. I was only joking, big guy. The smiley face after should have given that away.

    And as far as my "ideology", you know not what you speak of. But that's ok. Keep trying to muddy the water with your fence, errr wall.
    Your first joke is racially insensitive and offensive, tom. But, that's okay. You were just making a joke. As far as your Rand Paul brand of libertarianism goes, your joke is fully consistent with Paul's ideology. After all, you're a Rand Lubber.

    July 10, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. James

    I loved the thorough documentary about Palin , 'you betcha'. It includes tons of very candid footage interviewing practically her entire town in Alaska, her ex coworkers, ex high school alum, church leaders, ex assistants, her parents, fam and kids, attempts to interview her, tons of footage including her behaviors at church, the interviews of her sense of common knowledge that i bet her followeres have never watched , etc, You Betcha it's interesting !

    July 10, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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