Politics

Poll: One-Third of Americans Want to Impeach Obama

| by Lina Batarags

As previously reported by Opposing Views, Sarah Palin controversially called for President Obama’s impeachment last week.

According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll, however, she is not alone.

The poll indicates that a third of Americans – and two-thirds of Republicans – think Obama should be impeached.

While 44 percent of Americans said that Congress would not be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings against Obama, 35 percent indicated that such proceedings would be justified. Meanwhile, 21 percent responded that they were not sure.

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The 68 percent of Republicans who said that impeaching Obama would be justified stands in startling contrast to the mere eight percent of Democrats who held the same opinion.

Notably, a HuffPost/YouGov poll experiment that was conducted last year showed that support for Obama’s impeachment varied depending on how the question was worded.

In this poll, impeachment was described as “the first step in the constitutional process for removing a president from office, in which possible crimes are investigated and charges are made.”

Further breakdowns of the numbers reveal that just under half – 49 percent – of Americans believe that Obama has exceeded the limits of authority placed on the president by the Constitution; 34 percent believe he has not exceeded these limits.

The poll was conducted from July 9 to July 11. It surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults, which represented a sample intended to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

Sources: Huffington Post, Al, Opposing Views

Photo Sources: Pat Dollard, Examiner