Democrats would prefer Michelle Obama to Biden: poll

 August 22, 2023

President Biden's tenuous hold on the White House is clear in a new poll finding that his own voters would prefer another candidate.

The survey from The Center Square identified Michelle Obama as a serious - albeit hypothetical - threat to Biden's nomination in 2024.

Michelle Obama wins Dems

In a hypothetical contest, Democratic primary voters would choose Obama over Biden by a margin of 12 points (48-36 percent).

But Biden beat every other declared and hypothetical candidate, including California governor Gavin Newsom (D), whose personal ambitions have received lots of buzz. Biden beat Newsom handily, 49-25 percent.

Biden's margin is even bigger against long-shot challengers Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson, who received 16 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Michelle Obama "has strong support from women, people younger than 55, moderate Democrats, voters without kids, and voters with children younger than 18," according to the poll.

"Biden is pretty safe in the Democratic primary," Mike Noble, founder and CEO of Noble Predictive Insights, said. "However, he'd better make sure Michelle Obama is on his Christmas card list."

Pipe dream?

With her Oprah-esque cult of personality, Michelle Obama has been perennially floated as a presidential candidate.

But the former First Lady has long made it clear that she has no interest in the rigors of politics - instead opting for a leisurely life of grifting with her husband.

"Politics is hard. And the people who get into it — it’s just like marriage, it’s just like kids — you’ve got to want it," she told Oprah in a Netflix interview this year. "It’s got to be in your soul, because it is so important. It is not in my soul. Service is in my soul. Helping people is in my soul."

Barack anxious....

Biden's liabilities are clear: he is unpopular and old, and questions about his family's sleazy business deals aren't going away.

While Biden continues to receive - however reluctantly - the backing of the mainstream media, the Democratic party elite, and the party's own base, Democrats are increasingly alarmed by signs of President Trump's political strength.

Despite being indicted four times, Trump is tied with Biden in the polls - and even surpassing him in some surveys.

Barack Obama - who has a home in D.C. and regularly meets with Biden - warned his former vice president not to be complacent about Trump at a recent lunch.

Obama “promised to do all he could to help the president get re-elected," the Washington Post reported, adding that Biden is eager for support in "what is likely to be a hard-fought re-election race."

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