Do Democrats really want an imperial presidency? A CNN/ORC poll released Friday morning indicates that nearly one third -- 31 percent -- of Democrats want Barack Obama to take more action expanding the role of the presidency. Thirteen percent percent of Democrats, however, said they want the president impeached, while 33 percent overall said Obama should be impeached.
Thirty-two percent of participants identifying themselves as "liberal" say they want Obama to engage in more unilateral action. This figure stands to reason, given the numerous reports of liberal Democrats pining for Obama to act like a dictator on issues like illegal immigration and the minimum wage.
On the other hand, 80 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of conservatives say Obama has gone too far. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and 56 percent of conservatives say Obama should be impeached.
The poll also asked participants if House Republicans should file a lawsuit against the president. Forty-one percent said yes while 57 percent said no. Twelve percent of Democrats agreed Obama should be sued as did 14 percent of liberals. Seventy-five of Republicans and 64 percent of conservatives said the president should be sued for overstepping his authority.
CNN noted that at this time in his presidency, 30 percent said George W. Bush should be impeached. In 1998, 29 percent said Bill Clinton should be impeached.
A similar poll by Fox News shows that a majority -- 58 percent -- say Obama exceeded his authority under the Constitution when he unilaterally changed Obamacare, the president's signature healthcare law. Only 36 percent, however, favor impeachment.
On Thursday, the House Rules Committee approved a resolution authorizing a lawsuit. The suit, led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says Obama violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress, changing Obamacare's employer mandate by executive order.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, however, has said that impeachment is the only way to stop Obama's executive actions. Many, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has said Obama should be impeached. Even if the House voted to impeach the president, however, a Senate controlled by Democrats would never vote to convict or remove him from power, regardless of his actions.