Poll: One-Third of Americans Favor Obama Impeachment

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Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 08:29 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Congress would be doing the right thing if it impeached President Barack Obama, say more than a third of Americans polled, The Hill reported.

The YouGov and Huffington Post poll found that 49 percent of Americans think Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority with 35 percent saying he should be impeached. This compares to the 36 percent who felt President George W. Bush should be impeached in 2007.

Among Republicans, 68 percent say there is justification to impeach, while just 8 percent of Democrats think impeachment is in order.

Some 89 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of independents say Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers, while 16 percent of Democrats would agree.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last week, in a commentary on the Breitbart website, called for Obama's impeachment because of the surge of illegal immigrants on the southern U.S. border. She said Obama "continues to make up his own laws as he goes along."

House Speaker John Boehner is taking a different approach. He has announced that he would sue the president for having repeatedly exceeded his executive powers, the Hill reported.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte also rejected Palin's call. "We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment. The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds of impeachment for the president of the United States. He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that," the Hill reported.

The poll
also asked if the media should pay more or less attention to Palin. Overall, 55 percent of Americans wanted less attention paid. Among Republicans, only 35 percent wanted less attention, 6 percent were unsure, 29 percent wanted more attention, and 30 percent said the same amount of attention.

Forty-seven percent of Americans said they wanted to hear less about Al Gore; 43 percent wanted less attention paid to Mitt Romney; and 39 percent wanted less coverage of Bill Clinton.

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