Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton share the title of the most admired first lady of the past 25 years, with current first lady Michelle Obama in a close third, according to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
With Mother's Day approaching, 27 percent of respondents picked Barbara Bush as the most admired first lady, an equal percentage chose Hillary Clinton, and 24 percent selected Michelle Obama. Former first lady Laura Bush was fourth at 17 percent.
But there are striking splits among different subgroups.
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First lady Michelle Obama poses with former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter as they attend the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, April 25, 2013.
Democrats narrowly prefer Michelle Obama over Hillary Clinton, 42 percent to 39 percent. Republicans prefer Barbara Bush over Laura Bush, 45 percent to 36 percent. And independents admire Barbara Bush (28 percent) and Clinton (27 percent) the most.
Among African-Americans, it’s Michelle Obama at 58 percent and Hillary Clinton at 30 percent. Among Latinos, it’s Clinton at 45 percent and Obama at 29 percent. And among whites, it’s Barbara Bush (33 percent), Clinton (24 percent), Laura Bush (21 percent), and Obama (18 percent).
The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 23-27 among 1,000 adults (including 300 cell phone-only respondents), and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.
First published May 8 2014, 11:56 AM
Mark Murray is the Senior Political Editor at NBC News, where he covers politics for the network, writes and edits its popular â€œFirst Readâ€ blog, and appears daily on MSNBC and Washington DCâ€™s NBC affiliate to discuss the latest political news.
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Before joining NBC News in 2003, Murray spent five years as a reporter at National Journal. And he has written freelance articles published in the New York Times (Sunday op-ed page), the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, Washingtonian magazine, and Washington City Paper.
Murray is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), and he resides in Washington DC.