CNN Poll: 13 Percent of Democrats Surveyed Want to Impeach Obama

by Ryan Lovelace

A CNN/ORC International poll found that 13 percent of Democrats it surveyed want to impeach President Obama. Those Democrats are joined by 57 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents who support impeaching the president, according to CNN.

One-third of all respondents to the poll conducted July 18–20 answered that the president should be impeached. A significantly greater percentage of those surveyed want to impeach Obama than wanted to impeach President Clinton at a similar point in his presidency, according to CNN polling data. A CNN/Time poll conducted July 30, 1998, found that 22 percent of all respondents wanted to impeach Clinton.

And the greater amount of respondents who support Obama’s impeachment did not do so lightly. CNN found that 79 percent of those surveyed answered that, in general, Congress should only attempt impeachment against any sitting president for a “very serious crime” such as treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.