Democrats Split on Whether Obama Should Serve a Second Presidential Term

AP poll points to severe disappointment with Obama among Democrats, one day ahead of mid-term election.

Last week, U.S. president Barack Obama complained over remarks by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who said that "The single most important thing we [Republicans] want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

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At an event in his home town of Chicago last week, Obama said that the Democrats have their work cut out for them – not just in propelling the country forward, but also in preserving the administration's previous achievements.

However, the most recent AP poll reveals that even the Democrats are divided over Obama serving a second term. Among the general voting public, 51 percent believe that Obama shouldn't be reelected, as opposed to 47 percent who were ready to give him another chance.

Three out of four Democrats want Obama to be reelected, the poll reveals, with nine out of ten Republicans hoping that he won't. Among Democrats, 47 percent say they want the party to nominate a new candidate to run against Obama in the 2012 presidential primaries, while 51 percent object to the idea. Most of those who believe Obama should face a challenger from within are those who supported Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she ran against Obama in the last primaries.

Despite these figures, the presidential election is still far in the future and no worthy Democratic challenger has been identified yet. Even if Obama fails to replicate the enthusiasm he generated during the last election, during which his supporters viewed him as an historic figure who would change the country's future, Obama still has a good shot at shaking the public image that has stuck to him that he lacks vision.

At this stage, the AP poll mainly points to severe disappointment in the Democratic camp. Therefore, a Republican majority in Congress can only help Obama, in shifting the Democrats' frustration to inevitable Republican efforts to block Obama's initiatives.

Obama has recently appeared in a television campaign calling on all Americans to vote in the mid-term election. In one spot, Obama explains the dangers posed by a Republican majority in Congress, telling voters that they can't afford not to vote in this election.

Two days ago, Obama embarked on a campaign trip to Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania in efforts to bolster the Democratic candidates there and retain the majority at least in the Senate. This is a "fateful election," Obama said in Philadelphia, adding that not only will it affect the next two years, but also lay the foundation for the next 20 years.