An America’s favorite first lady poll has resulted in a tie, according to a Washington Post report on Friday. The poll, taken by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, shows that the honors go to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barbara Bush. Of course, Clinton is the wife of former President Bill Clinton and Bush is the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama’s wife, came in third place. In the final tally, Clinton and Bush received 27 percent of the vote each while Obama received 24 percent of the vote.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollsters asked respondents about the first ladies of the past 25 years only. Naturally, that eliminates some all-time favorites such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy. In the poll looking at simply 1989 through 2014, Laura Bush comes in fourth place with 17 percent. Laura Bush, of course, is the wife of former President George W. Bush.
There seems to be a reason for the results coming out as they have when considering the races of the women and the political parties of their husbands. This is asserted because 42 percent of Democrats polled said that Mrs. Obama is the best, followed by Mrs. Clinton who was just 3 percentage points behind Obama. Republicans surveyed said that Mrs. George H.W. Bush was the best, giving her 45 percent of the vote.
Her daughter-in-law Mrs. George W. Bush came in second among Republicans with 36 percent. Independent voters, which often tell a different story, chose Barbara Bush as their favorite first lady. The wife of George H.W. Bush was favored by 28 percent of the respondents among the independents.
The racial divide is tremendously apparent when looking at the numbers. Incredibly, 58 percent of blacks favored Mrs. Obama, followed by just 30 percent for Clinton. Among whites, Barbara Bush was favored 33 percent of the time with Clinton favored 24 percent of the time.
The NBC News and Wall Street Journal poll was conducted from April 23-27, 2014. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The poll was conducted by telephone and 30 percent of those were cell phone-only respondents, according to the Huffington Post.