August 11, 2015

Poll: Obama would not win third term, Americans do not trust Iran over deal

Rebel Staff

President Barack Obama’s confident assertion that he could win a third White House term has been roundly debunked by a Monmouth University study released Monday.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Obama told an audience of the 54-member African Union during a trip to Ethiopia last month. “I believe if I ran again, I could win. But I can’t,” he added.

According to the Monmouth University poll, this overly optimistic analysis amounts to nothing more than “wishful thinking”.

A mere 26 per cent of Americans say they would vote to re-elect Obama if U.S. constitutional law permitted him to run again, the study reported, while 68 per cent told pollsters they would vote for someone else.

Notably, the polling data suggests, Obama’s support among Democrats is not as strong as one might assume, with just 53 per cent of the party faithful saying they would back the president for a third term - 43 per cent of Democrats would vote for another candidate.

“Well, it was a worth a shot,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, of Obama’s remarks. “It’s not like the president’s claim could ever be tested for real.”

Unsurprisingly, the poll also found that the issue-savvy American public does not trust Iran to hold up their side of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal signed between the United States and Iran to address the rogue nation’s nuclear program.

According to the study, 90 per cent of respondents admitted to pollsters that they have been following news about the recently negotiated agreement - and 61 per cent of them do not trust Iran at all to abide by the settlement.

“[Americans] can’t shake their nagging doubts that Iran has the upper hand here,” said Murray.

Meanwhile, Israel has announced that it expects Congress to reject the deal, which has been peddled as a means to defer Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon for several years.

Tzachi Hanegbi, the head of the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, told Israel Radio: “I’m convinced that the American Congress will reject by a large majority the nuclear agreement with Iran.”

“There is a plethora of explanations and reasons as to why the agreement weakens the United States.”

Critics have slammed the agreement, under which billions of impounded oil revenue could become available to Iran, for its foundations lie on something “as ephemeral as hope”, to use the words of Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Writing in the Washington Post, Takeyh said: “The hope that once the deal’s essential restrictions fade in a decade, Iran will have been transformed into a responsible member of the global society […] is a big bet to place on one of the most peculiar regimes in modern times.”

“The legacy of the nuclear agreement will not be a transformed Iran but a revolutionary regime possessing an elaborate nuclear infrastructure and seeking to dominate the Middle East.”

The Monmouth University poll surveyed a sample of 1,203 adults in the U.S. and was conducted by telephone between July 30 and August 2. The sample has a margin of error of ± 2.8 per cent.


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commented 2015-08-28 11:48:43 -0400
They seem to be slow they did vote for this Marxists two times.
commented 2015-08-21 02:59:50 -0400
I believe that Hillary Clinton is a power slut and would fuck the world for power, not to mention her own country….just like the fake president the US has now !! What a disaster Obama the Muslim has been !!
commented 2015-08-12 17:56:47 -0400
They will be remembered as traitors of America and its people. Tons of people who helped to vote THEM in, (I’ve always felt Michelle was steering at least as much as Barack) , are now wondering what the heck they were thinking.
commented 2015-08-12 17:37:50 -0400
Greig – I think you may be right about “Moochelle!”
commented 2015-08-12 14:27:56 -0400
I’m convinced Moochelle is the missing link. By every measurable poll, Barry’s popularity is in the tank and dropping. Regardless of what the FBI and DOJ uncover in their investigation of Cankles, the optics do not look good for the pathological liar. At the moment poll numbers are favoring the Bern in the primary.
commented 2015-08-12 12:38:34 -0400

No one gives a shit about this email “scandal” – except people like you that desperately hope that something will stop Hillary from becoming President. Remember the Benghazi “scandal”. Oh yes, Fox News and Republicans tried to generate traction with that one. No one cared. Hell, Americans can’t even spell Benghazi.
commented 2015-08-12 11:39:17 -0400
Jimmy, once the investigation really gets under way on Hillarys server, which by the way she finally handed over, she’ll be toast. Her numbers are heading south.
commented 2015-08-12 08:49:03 -0400
It sure took them a while! Some people take longer than others like loser Jimmy Da Silva.
commented 2015-08-12 08:24:07 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva, by what criteria do you judge the Monmouth University poll to be lesser quality than any other?
commented 2015-08-12 06:32:23 -0400
AMERICA, DO NOT BE FOOLED AGAIN by your Muslim educated (Indonesia), gay, cocaine using mulatto (not black!) pretender to, media elected, President Barry Soetoro. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is true and righteous about him, even his name “Obama” is not his. Does the fiat dollar still say, “In God we trust”, meaning the God of the Bible, not that false, violent god of darkness and the moon, Allah?
commented 2015-08-12 02:30:31 -0400

If you want a conservative – that is what Republicans are for. Democrats are liberals/progressives. A strong conservative as you put it is unelectable in America. Hillary Clinton is going to be the next President, so it doesn’t matter anyway.
commented 2015-08-12 00:58:35 -0400
It seems to me that in general the natural out workings of left leaning policies are what results in a shift away from the Democratic Party in the USA. However, the shift away from the Republican Party is usually due to something else other than the conservative philosophy. While it is notable that the culture here in Canada but also in the USA is one of social liberalism and not social conservatism, the principles and philosophy of conservative parties are the more sound, logical, self evident, and mature of the two. The democrats in the USA like the Liberal party and NDP here in Canada usually try to brand themselves as the option for liberty and progressivism (as though conservatives were not for liberty or progress). I think that the results of the left leaning politics in both Canada and the USA shows to any objective analysis that most times the liberal policies undermine liberties in the long run (Obama care would be one good example).
When I look at Obama’s deal with Iran I can’t help to conclude that it will help erode liberty throughout the Middle East if not the world. Future events will have to bear this out but it seems very clear that the removal of sanctions against Iraq are going to exacerbate tensions in the region. It could be argued that a fart in a wind storm exacerbates regional tensions but an increase in Iranian power means a higher level of threat not only to Israel but other Arab states like Saudi Arabia. I don’t claim to understand the complex issues and problems of the Middle East to make even a basic analysis of the regions problems but how is this deal in the interest of the USA? This question is really the only one that needs to be answered and even for a guy like me the answer is quite clear. The Obama deal with Iran is very bad for the USA. It increases tensions in the region, it makes one of America’s ardent enemies economically stronger, it indirectly gives terrorist regimes supported by Iran aid, specifically it puts Israel (the only democratic country in the region that I know of) under increased future military threat, it puts more crude oil into the global market at a time when energy prices are very low (yes I know the removal of sanctions will be phased in), and all of the consequences of this deal will need to be dealt with by another administration. That administration is most likely going to be a Republican president. Here is where the cycle of Democratic and Republican administrations repeats itself. I don’t want to sound too simplistic but it often seems that the left spends years creating problems with their socialist economic and forgein policies and then the conservatives are brought in to fix them. By the time the Republicans make progress (hopefully they will if they implement good conservative policies) digging America out of their current forgein affairs issues and make some progress on national debt and economics the American people will be tired of the hard work needed to get things right. That’s when another Democatic administration will come to power. At the end of the day I don’t care what politicians call themselves, there have been bad Republican leaders and there have been good Republican leaders. There have been good Democrat leaders and there have been bad Democrat leaders. The difference is that conservative philosophies and policies are generally right and socialist left leaning policies almost always wrong and bad. Today, the problem in the USA is that you have a smart politician in the White House who is a Democrat with radical socialist left-leaning philosophies. It would be much better if he was not so effective or bold in implementing the leftist agenda or if he was a more conservative Democrat. I hope that the Republicans select a smart, strong, and capable leader who will stay true to conservative policies and philosophies. It is all well and good to elect a Republican but if he is not a strong conservative it will not make much difference. The American people will have to find a strong conservative leader to fill the role of president for the next 25 – 30 years. Their country and the world cannot afford anymore democrats like Obama in the White House.
commented 2015-08-11 21:08:19 -0400
Jimmy, by what criteria do you judge the Monmouth University poll to be lesser quality than any other?
commented 2015-08-11 20:10:19 -0400
Monmouth University? What the fuck? LOL. You might want a more credible poll next time.
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