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Poll: Americans overwhelmingly reject the idea of impeaching Obama

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Impeachment of an American president and removal of him or her from office is a political process, not a criminal proceeding. That’s one of the reasons why Bill Clinton served out his second term in the White House. The public wanted it that way.

And that’s why Barack Obama almost certainly will serve out his second term as well. The American people, by a wide margin, don’t want him removed from office. Nor do they support House Speaker John Boehner’s cockamamie lawsuit against Obama.

Check THIS, for example:

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…

[A]ccording 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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  1. “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.”

    Then why on Earth are they pursuing it? Who are the house republicans taking their orders from? Just what type of advantage are they thinking this will get them? Is it one of those strategic moves, like anti-gay ballot measures were, to get their base out to vote this fall.

  2. Steverino

    The goal of the GOP/TP is to waste more time and taxpayer money on frivolous proceedings so they can be on camera asking a couple of stupid questions to impress their constituents.

  3. Shawn Robinson

    What a pathetic notion to impeach the president, not for any crime, but just because they had the votes. Remember these are supposed to be the people who don’t believe in frivolous lawsuits and also believe themselves to be the moral, patriotic, Christian people who don’t waste tax money. Impeaching Obama for anything smaller than than they did — sending troops into a foreign country where there was no actual weapons of mass destruction (and killing a few hundred thousand people in the process) — would really be tantamount to treason. The Republicans would perm snarky cast themselves as the internal US villains rather than the confederates. I would suspect the payback would be decades long and unforeseen in its consequences.

  4. John Federer

    Interesting post Pat!

    But the real answer to this post is this, Obama will be out of office before any impeachment attempt would come to a conclusion. So why go through all the money for nothing!

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