Survey Finds Democrats Would Favor A Third Obama Term

| by Nik Bonopartis
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may be leading Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by a comfortable margin in the polls, but a majority of Democrats say they'd rather have President Barack Obama serve a third term than see either of the 2016 candidates move into the White House.

That's according to polling data from WPA Research, which The Hill describes as a conservative polling outlet. WPA found that 67 percent of Democrats would rather have a third Obama term than a first Clinton term.

Only 28 percent of Democrats in the poll said they're ready for another administration.

The WPA data is consistent with other polls that show Obama remains popular in the waning months of his presidency, which is unusual for two-term presidents, who typically suffer from fatigue in the eyes of voters. But recent polls show Obama with a 52 percent approval rating among the general electorate, and a new Washington Post/ABC News survey found the president remains especially popular among voters in his own party, with an approval rating approaching 80 percent among Democrats.

And it's not just Americans who say Obama has been a steady, strong leader -- a Pew Research Center poll, released on June 29, showed Obama enjoys "a broad degree of international popularity," with more than half of those polled in 15 of 16 nations saying they have confidence in the president.

"European attitudes toward President Barack Obama remain very positive," the Pew Report said. "Across the 10 EU nations polled, a median of 77 percent have confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs, including more than 8 in 10 in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and France."

Meanwhile, polls indicate that both Clinton and Trump are both deeply unpopular.

In a June 3 story about the historically unpopular Clinton and Trump, experts told The New York Times that typically, the more popular candidate wins the general election. But in an election where both candidates are disliked by a majority of voters, the negative attitudes about both candidates may cancel each other out.

“We are in a position where both parties have extremely negative views of the opposite party and that pulls down the candidates’ favorables,” Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School poll, told the Times. “The good news for both of them is they have to run against each other. So, in that sense, neither is substantially disadvantaged.”

Sources: The Hill, The New York Times, Pew Research Center / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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