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. Peff Jetzke

    Ms. Palin, If the country is so important to you how come you never spoke to impeach Bush when he took us into Iraq for WMD and there wasn't any. Isn't lying to take us into war a much steeper mistake?

    July 10, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Madtown

    I prefer Palin keep talking. Laughter is good for the soul.

    July 10, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And as far as my "ideology", you know not what you speak of."

    How refreshing of you to admit that, tom I. 😉 Now, if you could apply that advice to yourself as well, perhaps there is hope of a better tomorrow here on the ticker after all.

    July 10, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. CronoT

    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?
    Another, “What a maroon.”

    -

    Rush Limbaugh is the one who created the Zero Accountability political process that we've had to deal with for the past 20-odd years. He & Karl Rove need to be shipped off to another country where they can live out their lives in mindless indulgence while the rest of the US public gets back to the work of restoring our country to its former greatness.

    July 10, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. jon Obert

    "What other former politicians would voters like to keep quiet?" That's easy, all of them. Include the current blowhards too.

    July 10, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. kool aid man

    Run the poll again today, it'd be worse now. And how cute, she brought her novel, in case she had time to read, too funny man.

    July 10, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oivay Rudy
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    Oy vey.
    Lawd jezus...

    July 10, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Dead Bear

    Anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is intelligent... well... let's just say I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they aren't exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer either.

    July 10, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Dave

    Sarah Palin is the dumbest excuse of a politician ever to roam the Earth. Never has she said anything that was intelligent. It makes the Republican Party look more out of touch with reality than they all ready are. It must be very embarrassing to the majority of Republicans that are not trying to look as stupid as she is.

    July 10, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. treytools

    Perhaps a new Amendment to the Constitution is the only thing able to shut her up. The Amendment should read:
    everyone who can "see Russia" from her backyard can not stand less than 25m from a live microphone.

    July 10, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G wrote:

    "Tommy G

    "They've been saying that Democrats have created safe haven cities."

    Yeah, we know. They, the right wing, says that a lot. It's all you hear and listen to.

    July 10, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. cathstar

    For starters, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter should be added to the "go away" list. They are all narrow-minded rabble rousers.

    July 10, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. AT

    There is a reason why the American people did not elect McCain as President – a good man who made a very stupid decision! Pick Sarah Palin as his VP!

    July 10, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. volsocal

    Run the same poll on Barack Obama and report those results, CNN.

    July 10, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. columbus

    As a citizen of this country, Sarah has a constitutional right to say whatever she wants to, even opinions on politics. Everyone has the same right, as is evident on all kinds of social media. However, she should heed the words of Lincoln, "Better to remain silent and be thought the fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt."

    July 10, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. SeanZ

    NBC poll....... Liberal..... like CNN, have to consider the audience.

    July 10, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Gigi

    Yes, please vanish!

    July 10, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. drake mallard

    Sarah Palin and she says amazing things, like "We've Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies' and, it's incredible, too.We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?"Who knew Katie Couric was the cutting edge of journalism, with ambush questions like "what do you read?"Does Sarah Palin still support abstinence-only sex education?I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.”

    July 10, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Louise

    So one third of Democrats want her to keep talking purely for the comedic value?

    July 10, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    volsocal
    Run the same poll on Barack Obama and report those results, CNN.
    -----------

    We here at CNN have been there, done that with Barack. Today is Sarah's day to shine ...

    July 10, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. JOE DILEO

    We heard enough from that idiot moron YEARS AGO!

    July 10, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. nouk

    Blame McCain. Apparently Palin herself is too low-functioning cognitively to be held accountable for her obtuseness.

    July 10, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Royal Blue

    The Queen of Xhairs shows up now and again ranting incoherent and idiotic babble from her self-made pedestal. When you have a high opinion of yourself and a distorted vision of your importance while understanding politically you are no longer relevant, that's what you do to get attention. She's simply following in the footsteps of her coworker, female scarecrow impersonator Anne Coulter.

    Queenie Xhairs is a quitter but even more so, a sore loser. She's so obvious.

    July 10, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Amber

    Only 54%???

    July 10, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Tom l

    “They’ve been saying that Democrats have created safe haven cities.”

    Yeah, we know. They, the right wing, says that a lot. It’s all you hear and listen to.
    --–

    Rudy, are you honestly denying that there are sanctuary cities?

    July 10, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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