- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2014

For some presidents, once is enough in the White House. Twenty one managed to eke out two terms, and only one stayed on for four, this thanks to the 22nd Amendment of 1947, enacted after Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president for the fourth time.

It’s two terms, some fanfare and a farewell. George Washington himself made it a preferred protocol back in the day; he simply refused to run for a third term in 1796.

And while Americans get a little nervous when it comes to multiple presidential terms, a substantial amount still wish that certain presidents had stayed on beyond their eight years in the big mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Some numbers to consider, these from a new Harris Poll:

53 percent of Americans say U.S. president should not be allowed to run for a third term of office;69 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

38 percent of Americans overall say a president should be able to run for a third term; 21 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of independents and 59 percent of Democrats agree.

42 percent overall “wish” that Ronald Reagan could have had a third term; 77 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents and 18 percent of Democrats agree.

42 percent overall “wish” that Bill Clinton could have had a third term; 14 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree.

16 percent overall would like to see President Obama have a third term; 2 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of independents and 9 percent of Democrats agree.

15 percent wish George W. Bush had a third term; 32 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of independents and 6 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,306 U.S. adults conducted July 16-21 and released Friday.