July 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
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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. Paul Williamson

    These 35% are the ones who didn't vote for him (twice); talk about sore losers!!!

    July 25, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. ebraiter

    OK. I wonder what percentage of the 35% would definitely vote for the Republicans. 99.9%. The GOP followers just don't think. It is GOP or bust. Sort of like a cult.

    July 25, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Dave

    Its fairly clear that because House Republicans cannot change policy through the political system they are increasingly trying to do so through the courts. There are numerous laws and legislation I personally I don't like right now – various corporate tax loopholes, loose gun control, too much military spending, skyrocketing student loan debt – but they are in place because they are the laws of this country and I accept that the only way these things will change is if enough people vote to do something about them. This is nothing more than the nutbars in the Tea Party trying to score some extremely cheap political points. Try working with Democrats to solve some of the nations problems instead of these endless stunts.

    July 25, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Rob

    Sounds like the same core 30% on the right that's always causing trouble – wanting to ban birth control, believing that dinosaurs and humans lived to gather on a boat when the whole world was flooded, thinking the earth is 6,000 years old. Of course they would want to impeach the president, he's not white after all.

    July 25, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. ItSoNlYmE

    I just wish *someone* would look up the definition of "impeach".

    July 25, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. JJO

    Barack Hussein Obama is the best and worst thing to happen to this country. The worst is that he has destroyed the economy, military, job market, middle class, foreign policy, stature in the world, healthcare, energy industry, immigration system and everything else he touches and it will take years to reverse this destruction. The most important and best is that he will have destroyed the Democratic Party for at least a decade. Thank you Barack “Commie” Obama.

    July 25, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. kumar

    I have few points to fire here. The GOP republicans all those who voted for an Iraq War including Sara Palan must be impeached as if they would have left Iraq under the monstrous rule of Sadam Hussain, there would not have been an American Economic Crisis and the at LEAST IRAQ would have been a peaceful nations. Senator Mcain please come off your warrior horse, you need to go to a peace school to learn a set of tactics of negotiating with Peace in Mind.....

    July 25, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Bill

    Let's see....everybody's supposed to believe that Lois Lerner's emails are all on her own hard-drive, and that somehow got destroyed, right? Sure, she's not covering for anyone back at the WH. Oh, and then there's the issue of the IRS re-interpreting the law to allow Obamacare subsidies to EVERYONE, not just those supported by the State exchanges. The IRS just arbitrarily modified how their own employees should read the law...of course, you won't see that in the main-stream media. Benghazi was a mess, but luckily somebody found a video to blame, otherwise it would've been dicey so close to the election. Richard Nixon has nothing on Obama, your consumate Chicago machine politician.

    July 25, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. steelontarget

    35% eh, hmmmm, that seems to be a similar number to the number of half wits that believe in creationism in America. Probably the same folks, go figure.

    July 25, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. steelontarget

    35% eh, hmmmm, that seems to be a similar number to the number of half wits that believe in creationism in America. Probably the same folks, go figure.

    July 25, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Skarphace

    35% never wanted Obama to be President anyways. Why not? Well, that is painfully obvious.

    July 25, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. okiejoe

    For Seattle Joe: "Question: In what credible way could the Obama administration possibly be worse?"

    It could be a McCain/Palin administration or a Romney/Ryan mashup.

    July 25, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Jodo

    obama's failures are epic, and his lack of interest in doing the work of POTUS is simply stunning. But I don't that that it justified impeachment

    July 25, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. rondonaghe

    It seems that the party of NO wants to impeach every Democrat president after spending eight years each standing in the way of critical legislation, and then saying, "See? He's not doing his job properly. The president that should have been impeached was George Bush for taking us into two simultaneous wars and bankrupting the country.

    July 25, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Luna


    July 25, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. EVN

    Let the GOP keep thrashing around with the likes of Palin and Perry, keep quivering over the tea baggers, shaking in your boots over possibly offending Grover Norquist, and continue to pay attention to blowhards like Limbaugh. The resulting comedy is better than anything on television, and it will only hasten the GOP rush to irrelevance. GO GOP!

    July 25, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Have the 35% lost sight of the purpose of impeachment?"

    They are suffering from blindeology, so the answer is no...they never saw it in the first place.

    July 25, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. boof

    what a surprise.... not. The same 35% would have said the same thing a week after he was elected. No conservative wants to see a democrat in office for more than a second.

    July 25, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |

    Not going to happen. All sound and fury signifying nothing, especially coming from Republifarts!

    July 25, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. boof

    what a surprise.... not. The same 35% would have said the same thing a week after he was elected. No far right wants to see a democrat in office for more than a second.

    July 25, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Longtimer


    I don't think you polled the right people... Or you are lieing about the results.. There are more than 45% of people that I know that would say to impeach Obama.. No it is not because he is BLACK either you stupid people, it is because he is a terriost coming at our government from the inside, wanting to take everyone's rights away and make everything government ran.. Just another Hitler! I think the people you polled were all the poor americans who don't want their free health care taken away and all the illegal immegrants that don't want to be deported because they now have the life here in the US as long as they are all on his side... Poll more people next time and I bet you would have a way diff response... Facebook alone had this poll and damn near everyone voted to Impeach the guy..
    Irrational delusional nutjob

    July 25, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Eddie Currents

    Considering the incredibly massive barrage of anti-Obama stuff posted in the last few years, I'm surprised at this number as I'd suspect it even higher. People want to back the majority as it's the easiest path to follow. Even if only 1 person out of a thousand is effected and changed by this negative bunk, the bunk has worked as there are millions out there. I've seen Joan Rivers jokes turned into sledge hammers, Obama wears pink underwear – WHERE does this stuff come from? From those with an agenda, some paid to troll the waters of ANY subject and insert their Obama cutie for today. The idea is to sway people. And it works. SOME people read between the lines and catch the lies but others do not. IF it's cool to demand Impeachment, the majority will back it. So you make it cool and dish it out like candy EVERYWHERE. The idea is to blanket people with false information. It works. Watch yourself and be true to your heart.

    July 25, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Herbal Tea

    Impeachment will probably never happen but it would hurt the Rep Party in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles by driving out the Democrats and left and moderate Independents to the voting booths. The anticipated suing of the POTUS will also probably die early. What's to stop the Executive Branch from counter suing the Legislative branch for dereliction of duty?

    July 25, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Miguel

    What they don't tell you is that 90% of those voting for impeachment have no idea what impeachment is.

    July 25, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Kyle Anderson

    Typical of America today, democrats and republicans are at constant war with each other and most only look to increase that division instead of working together. These politicians of course are there to push their ideas, etc. but isn't it also their job to work with the other party for the common good of the party?

    July 25, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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