Michelle 2016? Almost half of Americans says first lady more popular than President Obama

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There is already a bumper sticker out there that says “Barack 2012, Michelle 2016,” spotted in the nation’s capital in the last month. In that mindset, consider new numbers just released: a Harris Poll gauging first lady Michelle Obama’s popular appeal among Americans, including a rating of her “job” performance and yes, a comparison with her hubby.

The numbers:

71 percent of Americans say Michelle Obama was a positive factor in President Obama’s re-election; 54 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats agree.

70 percent of Americans overall say Mrs. Obama has a positive influence on the president’s decisions; 39 percent of Republicans and 95 percent of Democrats agree.

65 percent overall give Mrs. Obama a positive review on “the job she is doing as first lady”; 33 percent of Republicans and 88 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent overall say she is “the best dressed first lady”; 24 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats agree.

46 percent overall say she is “more popular than her husband”; 44 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,166 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 7 to 9 and released Tuesday.

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