It’s been nearly five years since former First Lady Michelle Obama departed from the White House. But a new poll suggests she might fare well if she were to campaign to make a return.
The Washington Times reported Saturday that a new poll, released last week by The Hill and HarrisX, pegged Obama as one of the most popular potential candidates for the Democratic nomination for the White House in 2024.
Conducted among 939 registered voters between Nov. 18-19, the poll asked respondents who they would like to see on the Democratic ticket next time around, if President Joe Biden chooses not to run again.
Vice President Kamala Harris came in first, with 13% of respondents saying they’d vote for her in the 2024 Democratic primary if she ran. A close second was Michelle Obama, at 10%, according to the Times.
The Times said survey participants were given a list of candidates to choose from that included Democrat big-shots like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and businessman Andrew Yang.
None of those options received the backing of more than 5% of respondents. Some 13% of respondents indicated that they wanted someone who wasn’t listed.
At 36%, the biggest share of respondents was undecided over who to pick.
What about Biden?
While Vice President Harris may command a small plurality in the new poll, other polling data suggests that she would face substantial challenges in a 2024 run. FiveThirtyEight’s polling aggregate gives her an average approval rating of 40.5%, which is 2.4 points lower than President Biden’s own rating.
Still, the question remains over whether Biden himself will mount another White House bid. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that the president intends to run for re-election, according to Fox News, but a growing number of observers appear to be questioning whether he will even serve out his current term.
Among them is former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who is currently serving as a Republican congressman from Texas. In July, he told Fox that signs of cognitive decline in the president have been obvious.
“You don’t need to be a physician to look at this behavior and see there’s something concerning happening,” Jackson remarked, as Fox reported. “He’s just not aging gracefully at this point.”
The doctor added: “You can go back — there’s 40 years of tape of this man — he’s always made gaffes and stuff but these are different; he’s confused, he’s disoriented.”