July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
8 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit

Washington (CNN) - There’s not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday morning also indicates that a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far in expanding the powers of the presidency.

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Earlier this month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee, called for Obama's impeachment, becoming the latest voice on the right to make the suggestion.

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But according to the poll, only 35% want Obama impeached, with nearly two-thirds saying the President should not be removed from office.

There's an obvious partisan divide, with 57% of Republicans but only 35% of independents and 13% of Democrats backing a move to impeach Obama.

"Anti-impeachment sentiment is roughly where it was for past presidents - 67% opposed Bill Clinton's impeachment in September 1998, and 69% opposed impeaching George W. Bush when a few Democrats began talking about it in 2006," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

"One reason may be that Americans take impeachment very seriously. Only about one in five say that impeachment is a valid response if Congress is dissatisfied with a president's policies or the way he is handling his job. Nearly eight in 10 say impeachment should be reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors," Holland adds.

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The poll's release came one day after the House Rules Committee approved – along a party line vote – a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against the President. The GOP controlled House is expected approve it next week.

Boehner and House Republicans plan to sue Obama over his health care law. They claim he violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress and changing the law's employer mandate on his own.

By a 57%-41% margin, Americans say House Republicans shouldn't file the suit. As with the question on impeachment, there's a wide partisan divide over the lawsuit.

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When it comes to expanding the power of the presidency, has Obama gone too far? Forty-five percent say yes, with three in 10 saying the President's actions have been about right, and 22% saying he hasn't gone far enough.

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The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (995 Responses)
  1. Thomas A. Hawk

    I wonder how many people realize that impeaching Obama means "President Biden."

    July 25, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    It doesn't matter what President Obama does; there's always going to be 33% of Americans who will refuse to accept his presidency as legitimate. The last 16-20 years have taught me that a President with a "D" after his name is NEVER going to be accepted by this hate-filled minority.

    July 25, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. grichard1956

    "But according to the poll, only 35% want Obama impeached", You really meant to say, "But according to the poll, MORE than 1/3 of the people polled want Obama impeached."

    July 25, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. JW

    The phrasing of the question says a lot: should Obama be impeached OR removed from office? It's not a serious question about the use of impeachment powers – it's really just inviting people to share their political fantasies. The fact that Congress now portrays impeachment as just another version of the filibuster doesn't help.

    July 25, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Fred

    Impeach him over healthcare laws – insane. The medical costs in this country, from doctor's salaries to prescriptions have been inflated for 60 years because of an antiquated insurance system begun in the 40s to compensate new businesses hiring workers returning from WWII. He's just forcing us to deal with something we don't want to admit is broken. We should have impeached GWB – how is Mosul and northern Iraq looking these days after 10 years of pointless war??

    July 25, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Johnny 5
    Only 35% you say? Lets try this; anyone who enters this comment board that demands the impeachment of Obama, place your vote in the box. If CNN can have a poll, then so can we. May the best man win!


    I vote "no" on impeaching the President; "yes" on impeaching the activist judges on the USSC, and; yes on charging the reds in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives with treason.

    July 25, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    I want a show of hands of the people who voted NO as to if they are on a government assistance program or not.


    I vote "no". No government assistance here.

    July 25, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am
    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross…..

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    Oh my, yes indeedy!
    Could I have a side of sweet potatoes with my slab?!
    Happy Friday my sister!

    Why yes you may!!! Coming right up!!! Happy Friday to you too!! 🍸🍸🍸

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Completely irresponsible, rabble-rousing, innuendo-filled, misleading journalism at it's best inciting and infiltrating the minds of people who do not keep up with politics on a daily basis, and are therefore unable to distinguish fact from fiction.
    Shame on you CNN for being a party to this type of behavior, and putting your profit margin above the sanity and well-being of our country.
    Truly despicable.

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    I want a show of hands of the people who voted YES as to if they are on a government assistance program or not.

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Taz

    Well there you have it. Lets put these polls to rest- his term will end soon. Good gosh..

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  12. Gracey

    Obama should be impeached but they don't have the courage to do it. Washington has no backbone.

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. Farmer Joe in Brooklyn

    @ Bob

    Great idea to toss out those in favor of impeachment to allow more room for illegal immigrants. I will happily renounce my citizenship and move out if the US pays me the social security I am owed. I will take a lump sum payment and move out in a hot second.

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. LM

    They want to impeach a man who

    a. didn't get on TV and lie and say there was weapons of massive destruction. Have we found any?

    b. had a vice president who owns Halliburton and had oil interests in Iraq and is the company is still there in Iraq during the war and after

    c. every time something jumped off would go to his Crawford ranch in Texas

    d. had thousands of soldiers and civilians killed in Iraq when Iraq had nothing to do with 911. They were Saudis who did 911, but I guess they all look alike to racists

    e. Obama didn't put the country in a recession it was Bush tenure. It was Bush who signed the deal to withdraw troops from Iraq not Obama the troops left in Dec 2011.

    f. was going to build a wall to block illegals. how in the hell would you build a wall going from California to Texas?

    But yet you want to impeach a president who

    a. is trying to help student loans

    b. get affordable insurance for people

    c. gay rights

    d. stop immigration

    The joys of being black. Oh I'm sorry half black, but that doesn't matter because to white "the clear" people he is black.

    July 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. Do not impeach Obama

    Keep him around for two more years as an embarrassment for the Democrats. He was their great hope, that Hillary was pushed aside for, their best....and Obama proved to be a total failure, a pure political hack, completely incompetent, unethical as any Chicago politician. If ever a guy could make Bush look good, it would be our incompetent fundraiser-in-chief.

    July 25, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  16. M

    When did the media become the opinion of the human species?

    July 25, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  17. Vic

    I really think this president is weak, but impeach him? Come on people. Extremism on both sides are so out of control – Just read some of these comments. I think a bunch of you would support the wholesale slaughter of the opposite party... which is sick.

    July 25, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. ATLPeach

    To Katie - you posted:

    It is absolutely astounding that this branch of the government (Congress) would have the audacity to sue the president or any one else in government for trying to carry out their duties that they were elected to do. I am not an Obama fan but I find the inept, dysfunctional Congress are far more egregious and have become a serious danger to the welfare of America. I hope that Americans will respond (with their votes) and as each and every member of Congress runs for reelection we simply fire them by electing someone new. Then perhaps we will be able to recognize some similarity to actual governance and how a democracy should function
    I agree with you wholeheartedly! There are many of us out here that are paying attention to the actions of every facet of our government - Congress being a big part. Our power is in the power of the vote! This 'do nothing Congress' has been horrible and a lot of Congress - men and women - have got to go! Folks, please take the opportunity to go out and vote. Make a concious decision and vote for the betterment of our Nation.

    July 25, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Rob

    Sounds like a biased poll. Pretty much everyone I talk with in person regarding the President feel he should have been impeached a long time ago. Most people in reality are tired of the entire Republicans vs. Democrats garbage propaganda and handling of our country. My personal opinion is that our government needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. Americans need people to be elected that actually care about the country and its legal citizens first and foremost. Not other countries citizens and not the almighty dollar.

    July 25, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. TomGI

    John McCain is outraged and calls for 'boots on the ground' immediately.

    July 25, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. WillB2

    The biggest news was that part time Gov. Sarah Palin knew how to spell the word impeachment.

    July 25, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    Look how many time dumb libs try to defend Obama by comparing him to, what they call, the worst president of our time. That is more telling that the 35% who want him impeached, especially when you consider the 47+% that would support him if he killed someone in full view of the American People...


    t doesn't matter what President Obama does; there's always going to be 33% of Americans who will refuse to accept his presidency as legitimate. The last 16-20 years have taught me that a President with a "D" after his name is NEVER going to be accepted by dumb haters such as yourself.

    July 25, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. Daniel

    Of course if the polling question had not been "should the President be impeached," but rather something along the lines of "should the President be skinned with a rusty knife and then sodomized by a team of five kodiak grizzly bears until he is dead?" You would get about the same thirty five percent of positive responses. And, since thirty five percent of Americans is pretty much the exact amount of voters that keeps the gerrymandered House of Representatives such a deep and angry tone of red, they have become conditioned to think that thirty five percent constitutes a majority.

    July 25, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. LarryS

    I think America is imploding and it is our people we elected to serve in Washington at fault.
    Our congress is very antiamerican.
    they are traitors.
    they should be removed
    the speaker of the house is a nut job, and worse I have ever experienced in the last 70 years.
    the world is laughing at us.

    July 25, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. Roger

    Mark R – Really, a house and senate issue?! Wake up and get informed. Socialist Dems have controlled the SENATE from 2006 thru TODAY, Socialist Dems have also controlled the HOUSE and SENATE from 2006 thru 2010. That went really well!! But of course, at that time, it was Bush's fault, not congress. Hypocrites. Obama is not a leader, does not unite.

    July 25, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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