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. Debbie

    I think a lot of people are delusional. They rage against things that aren't true, or that they don't actually understand the terminology of.
    There is a lot of strange "news" out there that is meant purely for inciting hatred and fear of the president.
    What scares me is the lack of intelligence on the part of the American people that don't really know what they are wising for or raging against.
    I'd love to hear some reasonable exchanges about exactly how people that disagree with the president would go about accomplishing what they think is most important. Unfortunately, what you see is just bluster and lack of facts.

    July 25, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. bmike

    I can imagine who the 35 percent are rightwing loonies..President Obama is one of the best presidents in a long while..Reagan was not a good president unemployment was high 9.7 at the time I know i was looking for work. Bush let's not evern go their, he was a puppet basically. Nixon impeached...so suing the president looks bad for this country, looks bad for republicans to even think about doing it. Plain Stupid.

    July 25, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Stoner

    IMPEACH....he's a weak president

    July 25, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. David

    The strange thing is that many of these people calling for impeachment were saying right after he was elected in 2008.

    July 25, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. sdzuck

    And a larger percentage wanted to impeach Bush. And they did impeach Clinton. Can't people see that this instability is going to destroy the Republic? We can't keep sniping at the guy from the other party like this. We will destroy the country.

    July 25, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. borosnw

    Impeach Obama for doing the right things. Market up, unemployment down, housing market recovers. Impeach the man. Obama the people voted for you not once but twice. Don't let these losers distract what you are doing, you and Clinton probably two of the greatest Presidents in the 21th century.

    July 25, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    1.Forcing Americans to make purchases from private companies. (All health insurance companies are private companies)
    2. Negotiating with terrorists and releasing them. Something you NEVER do.
    3. Funding terrorists
    4. Catch 22ing the laws of immigration making it impossible to enforce our original laws without breaking the new laws.
    5. Granting a corporation called Monsanto legal immunity even if their products kill us. (Monsanto controls almost everything thing you eat from the farm to your fridge)
    6. Militarily detaining American civilians for speaking their mind

    Hmmm.. Hey obama, I believe my list is exactly "six universes" to impeachable offenses.


    1. You're also "forced" to purchase electricity, and in many cases water/sewer services from private companies.
    2. Those "terrorists" were never charged with a crime. That being said, not a peep from either side of the aisle when the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue did the same – times a hundred!
    3. Now this one I agree with you! It's well past time to STOP funding Israel, but we both know the reds will NEVER let that happen.
    4. You mean the law signed in 2008 that says they are required due process instead of loading them onto airplanes and shipping them back across the border? Isn't that what the reds have been screaming for him to do?
    5. Monsanto is a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), so they already had that right.
    6. Who and where?

    In other words, your "six universes" to impeachable offenses are nothing more than BS & sour grapes.

    July 25, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Steve

    This constant impeachment talk must stop. Democrats want to impeach Republican Presidents. Republicans want to impeach Democratic Presidents. Stop the insanity and govern – both parties of idiots.

    As for the lawsuit, let it happen and let the chips fall where they may. No President or Congress is above the law even though they exempt themselves from the law continuously.

    July 25, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Turd Furgeson

    I like how they say "ONLY 35% want to impeach Obama". 35% is a pretty high number of people...

    July 25, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Uncle Al

    "only 35% want Obama impeached" ONLY! Let's give illegal aliens a vote, too. Impeachment is the trial. Impeach the dunsel Imperial President for high crimes and misdemeanors: Deserter Bergdahl and six soldiers killed searching for him, murder of US Ambassador Sevens at Benghazi, IRS political targeting, Associated Press scandal, Fast & Furious, NSA domestic spying, Veterans Administration deaths, Executive Order Obamacare replumbing, outing CIA intelligence chief in Afghanistan, US' 12-year, $12 trillion defeat in Afghanistan, debacle in the Ukraine, multi-$billions scandal of US 70,000 Child Invasion across its southern border, marijauan as Schedule I drug not prosecuted, zero-interest rate eating alive retired folk....

    July 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Greg

    Shows the depths to which the right wing will stoop. What a shameless bunch of imbeciles. The GOP has cemented its image as the party of guns, bibles, corporations, and shameless lies. Sarah Palin is truly their spiritual leader. Haha.

    I agree with the comment below: let's give Texas to all the Fox News and talk radio folks. Let them secede, and America can finally move forward without these imbeciles.

    July 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Walloe

    The people who waste time trying to convince the rest of the country to impeach or sue the president take the focus off what is really wrong with this country and how to make it better. One man isn't the problem, it's the 35% who are.

    July 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. eoin12

    Let see first it was He is only going to be a One term president, LOL yah Right, now it's Impeach him, ROFLAO go ahead give it a try. After that you can go outside and scream The Sky Is falling, The Sky Is Falling.
    Have A Great Weekend

    July 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. KISS

    If you dislike the way any part of the government is going then vote them out. Keep it simple stupid (KISS).

    July 25, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Ted

    Obama has been caught lying, outright made up story telling lies, to the American people. It's a sign of mental instability and immoral intent to be a purposeful deceiver. How can such a man be trusted to lead a nation as it's president, it's commander in chief? He should be impeached and removed from office. If not we are then approving lies and deception as approved political tactics. That's a formula for destruction of our country.

    July 25, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Clint H

    Where is the jobs bill from the do nothing CONGRESS??? IMPEACH CONGRESS!!!!

    July 25, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    What a silly poll – but if he were doing an even 'ok' job, say like Bush the Elder, shouldn't the pro-impeach crowd be in the low single digits and not 35%?

    July 25, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. treblemaker

    During the Watergate crisis, "Deep Throat" encouraged Woodward and Bernstein to "...follow the money". Regarding our Congress, I suggest we do the same. Follow the money that buys their votes. In order for members of Congress to keep their seats, they become beholden to the people who helped them get there. Every seat is compromised. The desire to impeach President Obama is a desperate measure by the puppeteers controlling the members of the losing party who do not wish to negotiate with the current President on anything. If you think that Obama is a bad president, just wait...the next one will be worse.

    July 25, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Bob

    That is still 33% of the population that want him impeached. I love reading the comments by the Obama worshipers. He cannot will never do wrong in their eyes.

    July 25, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Malory Archer


    nearly 40% of the country want a president impeached. that's higher than clinton and nixon


    Yeah, except the number is actually 33%, so if you're rounding to the nearest "0", it's more like 30%. I really expected better from you of all people, Jesus.

    July 25, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. iamthatonedude

    It's that time of the presidential term... happened with Clinton, happened with Bush. Clinton committed adultery in the WH and Bush started a war based on a heap of lies. Both of them finished out their term, it will be the same for Obama.

    July 25, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    obot says:
    July 25, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am
    obama has been the biggest failure in americas history and has set back all minorities at least 50 years!!!!!!

    Spoken like the typical person that has hated him from day 1 and could give less than a flying fig about the progress of minorities.

    Aah at least with people like Rick McDaniel we know how he truly feels. Blacks need to stay in their places, if they do, they're alright, but the minute they think they are supposed to be in control, they're taking over and expecting special privileges. Thank God the majority of America believes in equal rights for ALL!

    July 25, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    Dadster has it perfectly: they don't intend to be Americans again until they feel in control of the minorities and women. And that's not gonna happen again, so they are going to self-deport. Move to where their offshore accounts are already, I bet.

    July 25, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Ortheus Maximus

    What a silly poll to begin with. OK. But, if he were doing even an ok job, say like Bush the Elder, what would his number be? Shouldn't the number be in the single digits, under 10% and not 35%?

    July 25, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. A. Browne

    President Obama is the best President we had and ever will have!!!

    July 25, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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