Wow: Michelle Beats Joe, Poll Finds

Dems Pick Obama Over Biden, 45%-43%

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden tape a Joining Forces PSA, in the East Room of the White House April 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
  • Democratic voters support President Joe Biden far more than any of the declared candidates seeking the nomination and a group of hypothetical candidates from across the country except for one: Michelle Obama.
  • Obama (45%) would narrowly win over Biden (43%).
  • The former first lady is popular.
  • “Michelle Obama currently has the best of multiple worlds,” said David Byler, chief of research at Noble Predictive Insights. “She’s a celebrity with near universal name recognition. She’s beloved by Democrats who remember her years as First Lady. But she doesn’t have the string of failures and missteps that follow anyone who holds formal political office.
  • “In other words, she has all the goodwill that comes with the Obama brand but no record that a potential opponent could use against her. She’s not running for office now – but if she chose to do so in a future cycle, she could be formidable,” he said.