After a hard-fought primary race for the Democratic Party, the results may not be met with complete enthusiasm. A new poll reveals that given a choice between a 2016 general election or a third-term for President Obama, Democrats would choose the third term.
The poll was conducted by WPA Research, a conservative polling body, reports The Hill. WPA found that 67 percent of respondents would choose a third-term Obama presidency as compared to a 2016 general election and possible Hillary Clinton administration.
“The results should give pause to the Hillary Clinton campaign as Democratic respondents clearly prefer the status quo to a Clinton presidency,” the polling firm wrote in a memo, according to The Hill.
The poll coincides with a near record-level approval rating for President Obama.
According to Gallup, Obama’s approval rating has been hovering over the 50 percent mark since February. For comparison, the average approval rating for an elected president in the 30th quarter of his term is 46 percent. Obama matches Ronald Reagan’s approval rating for this time, and is only surpassed by Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.
Conversely, Hillary Clinton is suffering from one of the worst negative image perceptions of any candidate in modern history.
In an October/November 2015 survey of Clinton’s net favorability rating, the presumptive Democratic nominee received 63-point approval. By April 2016, her net favorability had plummeted to 36.
Furthermore, by April, Clinton’s “strongly unfavorable” rating was around 37 percent – an historical high, surpassed only by her rival, Donald Trump, who garnered an average 53 percent “strongly unfavorable” rating.
FiveThirtyEight adds that, since 1980, no other presidential candidate has ever scored a double-digit unfavorable rating.
With the addition of President Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and even Sen. Bernie Sanders to her campaign, Clinton may be able to counter her opposition both outside and within the party.