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Rasmussen: Obama Says He Could Win Again – True or False?

Friday, July 31, 2015

In a recent speech criticizing African political leaders who stay too long in office, President Obama said he could win a third term if he ran for president again but acknowledged that U.S. law does not allow it. Could Obama win again?

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters say they would vote for the president if he ran for a third term. Sixty-three percent (63%) would not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Most Democrats (57%) would vote to give Obama a third term. Ninety-three percent (93%) of Republicans, 68% of voters not affiliated with either major party – and 32% of Democrats – would not.

Obama defeated Republican nominee John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin in 2008 and was reelected with 51% of the vote against GOP candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.

An amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits presidential candidates from being elected to more than two four-year terms. Nineteen percent (19%) of all voters believe that amendment should be changed so presidents can serve longer. Seventy-eight percent (78%) oppose such a change.

Interestingly, only 32% of Democrats support changing this amendment. Ninety percent (90%) of GOP voters and 82% of unaffiliateds are opposed.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 28-29, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Obama’s daily job approval rating continue to hover in the negative mid-teens as they have for most of his presidency.

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About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

9 Responses to “Rasmussen: Obama Says He Could Win Again – True or False?”

  1. Gene Lefty says:

    If it came down to either an establisment Republican, or Obama?

    I will double down and not only vote for Obama, I will send him a campaign check. How much is gas now? What are the unemployment numbers? And you think he can’t win?

    I ain’t about to go back to 2008, and let the establishment Republican’s pillage and destroy our economy again. $4.00 gas, 10% unemployment?

    Obama would carry the blacks, women, Hispanics, millions on ObamaCare, the poor. Need I go on? Remember, Bush 43′ purchased votes with his prescription plan? Obama purchased a whole lot more votes for a Democrats with ObamaCare.

    And Tom, stop playing games, you are going to vote Republican not matter what.

  2. Paula says:

    What did u say about Obama’s debt & deficit? Just what I thought… chirp, chirp, chirp.

    And so who do u vote for b/n B.O. & a non-establishment Republican?

    • Gene Lefty says:

      Let’t talk about that, good point! Clinton left office with a balanced annual budget, keep that in mind.

      Soon after Bush 43′ left office, our government began sending $85 Billion a month in QE to Wall St. banks to basically buy up the bad mortgages from the Bush years. Over $1,000,000,000,000, (trillion), year after year, to buy up bad mortgages from Wall St. Banks.

      Then, there was the unfunded Bush wars. More Trillions . And the bailout Trillion, +.

      Who was it who said GM was not going down on his watch? Hint; Bush 43′.

      I ain’t going back to that. These facts are what they are. Easily verified. Also, no one from the Bush administration has ever taken responsibility for 911. What, about 3000 killed?

      And yet, you want to talk about Bengazi?

  3. Katherine T. says:

    Just for the record, gas price were around $1.75/gallon when B.O. won the 2008 election.

    • Gene Lefty says:

      No, I believe gasoline was about $1.40 when he took office, down from $4.00 the previous summer. You see, nobody needed gas after Bush 43′ destroyed our economy. So, there was a glut in the market for just a few months.

      Never before, or since Bush 43′, was gasoline $4.00 a gallon.

      Nice try.

  4. Tom White says:

    Let’s get some facts straight Gene. All of this is well documented.

    Gasoline prices when Bush started his second term: (2005 yearly average) $2.246
    Gasoline prices when Obama started his first term: (2009 yearly average) $2.342

    National average 8/1/08-9/27/08, in run up to 2008 election: $3.744
    National average 8/1/12-9/27/12, in run up to 2012 election: $3.754

    National average 1/1/2005-12/31/2008 under Bush: $2.707
    National average 1/1/2009-9/17/2012 under Obama: $3.070

    The highest that the national average hit during each President’s tenure:
    Bush: $4.122, July 15, 2008 (all time record high)
    Obama: $3.965, May 11, 2011

    The lowest that the national average hit during each President’s tenure:
    Bush: $1.611, December 31, 2008
    Obama: $1.817, January 24, 2009 (days after sworn in)

    Source – Gas Buddy

    And for the record, that article is 3 years old. This picture gives the 10 year average for Richmond.

    10 Year Richmond Gas Prices

    CLick here to create your own charts.

    Bush had highs and lows, but clearly gas prices under Obama show higher lows and highs. The only reason gas has not skyrocketed under Obama is fracking. We are producing more energy than we need and natural gas has replaced oil to run power plants. Leaving the oil for gasoline and other fuels.

    So overall, Bush wins on oil by a large amount.

    And the “Clinton” balanced budget was produced by a Republican House and Senate as the Republicans like to remind us. However, what actually balanced the budget was not reduced spending, but rather an unprecedented event known as Y2K. Everything from microwaves to supercomputers were replaced in a span of only 2 to 3 years. There was so much economic activity related to Y2K that manufacturers could not hire enough workers, items like hard drives and memory were always on back order. We have never seen anything like that and are not likely to see it again. And remember the Dot Com revolution? That happened at about the same time. All of the wealthy people were out to make a fast buck and they invested trillions in start ups. Money that is now sitting back in the rich folk’s banks because Obama has made producing wealth almost a crime. The Republicans pushed out a tax cut in Capitol Gains in 1997 that encouraged the wealthy to put their money in these ventures. And between the Cap Gains cut and Y2K US Tax revenue went through the roof. And you will note that Clinton NEVER talks about that tax cut and how well it worked. Because it goes against the “tax cuts for the rich” meme the Democrats love to use to win elections.

    And by the end of Clinton’s second term, the US was in a recession. Even CNN admits Bush inherited a recession.

    But of course all of the predictive models said the increased tax revenue would continue to rise, so the trajectory for spending went up steeply – and never went down.

    And what were the Democrats doing while America was rolling in productivity and tax revenue and balanced budget (singular)? Well, people like Barney Frank and Tim Kaine were working on making the American dream happen for the poor. They used statistical data to prove banks were “redlining” borrowers in poor black sections of the country. They were being declined for mortgages at a higher rate than their more affluent fellow citizens in wealthier neighborhoods. So the banks must be racists. So Barney Frank and his fellow “wealth distribution” socialists began passing laws to force banks to loan money to these “redlined” people. The American Dream and all that.

    Well, that went slowly at first until Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began backing loans and Federal Regulators began forcing banks to loan to people who were redliners or face exposure as racists. Interestingly, in the Richmond Area I remember the newspaper used to publish the statistics of banks who deny loans to people in low income areas to shame them. And Consolidated Bank and Trust was by far the worst offender. Consolidated Bank, in case you don’t know, was started by Maggie Walker, a black woman. And the bank had only black employees and officers. Minority Owned banks. So it was Ok. (I used to work on some of their computer, coin and bill counting equipment and never dealt with a white or Hispanic or Asian person.)

    So the loans we now know were poor risks were forced on the banks by the Democrats. But while the economy was rolling, and money flowed ’round and ’round the “rocks” were well below the surface. A rising tide lifts all bots.

    So on January 1, 2000 the Y2K money stopped. It came to a screeching halt. Companies and consumers had pushed their purchases to the late 90’s and tech purchases stopped abruptly. As a Senior Engineer in the tech field, things were horrible. Pink slips became a weekly event. Jobs in the tech sector went away. Salaries crashed and burned. And worse, the investments encouraged by the Cap Gains tax cut were pulled out of the tech market.

    So what would the rich do with all this money they wanted to invest?

    They turned to Real Estate. In the first few years of the 2000’s a massive era of new home construction began. I now work for a brick and block distributor having lost my tech job in the tech bust. My boss said for years that they built more houses than they should have and we sold more brick than we should have. He predicted the collapse. And he is a smart guy. And the company took measures to withstand the expected bust to come. But the duration was far worse than he predicted. We are still not back to the pre boom days.

    But during the boom, investors unleashed in Real Estate. Bas loans dominated the market, but as long as the money flowed, all was good. Enter the bundlers. They sold investment portfolios under the theory that you put a mixture of good and bad loans in a package and the average would work out to a profit for the buyers. But many of these loans were given to people who could never afford them and the only way they qualified was a one year adjustable rate, baloon payments and other financial gimmicks. But the economy dropped, the war in Iraq sapped our Treasury as we moved into nation building under Bush and wasted trillions.

    And our economy became a house of cards thanks to people like Barney Frank and Tim Kaine forcing banks to loan to people who did not qualify. Jobs disappeared and huge payments, agreed to by borrowers, came due. And all these beautiful new houses were abandoned. The Real Estate Market collapsed. You can blame the bundlers or the Derivatives Market, but all they were doing was trying to turn lemons into lemonade. Something had to be done with the bad loans. Millions of them. Those guys got a lot of the blame, but all they really did was draw out the inevitable crash.

    So who knocked over the first card in our house of cards?

    Democrat Chuck Schumer, that’s who. On June 27, 2008 Chuck sent a letter to Indymac bank questioning their viability. And the idiot made it public. That caused a run on the bank and it collapsed, followed by more and more. The Tech sector collapsed, 9/11 hit us, war, the Real Estate Bubble burst and now the banking sector followed suit.

    So to sum it up, Y2K heated up the economy. No one’s fault. Just a thing.
    Capitol Gains tax cut stimulated investment. Republican bill, Clinton signed it. Overall, probably a good thing.
    9/11. A bad blow to the economy, but the war probably pulled us out of that. Credit Bush for the 9/11 recovery.
    Nation Building 2 countries. Trillions lost, too many American lives and zero results. Fault Bush. Bomb them and go home. Let them sort it out. Repeat as necessary.
    Real Estate bubble? Barney Frank and the Democrats get the blame for this one.
    Banking Collapse? Barney Frank, Schumer and the Democrats.

    And guess what Obama is doing now? He is forcing “affordable housing” subsidized by the Federal Government in upscale developments and neighborhoods. Redlining all over again. Obama didn’t learn that putting people in houses they can’t afford is not a good thing. Only this time around the Taxpayer will be on the hook.

    And no, Gene. I will not necessarily vote for a Republican. I absolutely will not be voting for a Democrat because that is as bad or worse. But I won’t be able to cast a vote for another McCain or Romney who are no different from Hillary or Sanders. My vote must be earned now. I learned a lesson from the last 2 worthless GOP Presidential candidates. Never again. The only candidates so far that have a shot at my vote are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – in that order. Things may change, but Jeb Bush will never earn my vote. And if they do not earn my vote I will be unable to cast a vote for that particular office.

    I hope this brief-ish lesson in reality helps you understand how we got where we are. It was not Bush’s fault entirely. But I blame him for the nation building. But I give little credit to the Republicans either. In truth, the blame is mostly on the Democrats, but you must be a critical thinker and able to understand the complex series of events that got us where we are today.

    And by the way, our oil imports are down quite a bit. One of the reasons gas has historically had these huge fluctuations is because the exchange rate fluctuates. QE or pumping devalued the dollar, but the good news is that most other nations currency is in the toilet as well. So while we are paying a higher average under Obama we are buying less oil and producing more. If Obama and the Democrats put an end to fracking like they want to do we will have to go back to the world market for most of our oil and the weak dollar cause oil prices to rise. America’s lessened dependence on foreign oil is only due to fracking. And that is absolutely not credited to Obama. In fact, if he had his way the price of gas would be $10 or higher to force us to stop driving.
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  5. W. S. Wright

    Hey Lefty,

    Where I come from we call that….

    A good old fashioned Ass Whoop’in!

    Plz wise up, think critically, & Start telling people the truth instead of just regurgitating the same ole leftist talking points.

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