Talk of impeachment against President Obama is heating up in political circles, with many conservatives calling for Congress to seek the removal of the President from office. The movement got a big boost recently when former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin became the first major national political figure to call for Obama's impeachment. In an op-ed for the Breitbart website, Palin wrote, "It's time to impeach," adding that the current crisis at the Southern U.S. border "is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"
That type of talk has fired up some in the conservative movement, but has not galvanized public opinion at large, according to two new surveys. A CNN poll finds just 35% of Americans favor impeaching President Obama, with 65% opposed. Likewise, a Fox News poll says just 36% want impeachment, with 61% opposed. Both polls had a majority of Republicans behind impeaching Obama--56% in the CNN survey and 57% in the Fox survey. But only a little more than a third of independents favored impeachment in both polls. CNN's polling director says the numbers on impeachment are about the same now as at similar points in the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Regardless of the lukewarm public response to impeachment, the White House is apparently taking the talk very seriously. Dan Pfeiffer, senior advisor to President Obama, addressed the topic of impeachment at an event last week. "I would not discount that possibility," he said. Pfeiffer pointed to House Speaker John Boehner's plan to sue the President for violating the Constitution. "Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future," said Pfeiffer.