A strong majority of Americans would not vote for Barack Obama if he were allowed to run for a third term in the White House.
According to a Monmouth University poll released Monday, only 27 percent of U.S. adults would vote to reelect Obama in 2016, while 65 percent would cast their ballots for someone else.
Support for the president is even weak among Democrats: While 53 percent would support Obama for a third term, the share of liberal Americans who would not vote for Obama stands at 43 percent.
Obama told the African Union during a speech late last month that he has been a “pretty good president,” and that he would likely win if the U.S. Constitution permitted him to run for a third term.
The poll also indicates that Obama’s job approval rating has waned in the wake of his announcement regarding the finalized Iran nuclear arms agreement. Currently, 50 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s performance as president, up from 46 percent in July. Only 45 percent approve of him.
The president has been tirelessly defending the nuclear deal despite opposition from both Republican and Democratic members of Congress, even pre-taping interviews with various news outlets so that he can continue to sell the agreement as he spends his 17-day summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Sixty-one percent of Americans do not trust Iran to abide by the terms of the deal “at all,” and a mere 6 percent hold substantial trust in the country. Moreover, most Americans believe that Iran got more of what it wanted out of the deal than did the United States.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been characterized by some as the equivalent of an Obama third term, has demonstrated her approval of the Iran agreement, labeling it an “important step.”