She hasn’t made anything official, but Michelle Obama is getting a lot of support from Democratic voters to make a bid for the presidency in 2020.
Would you vote for her if she ran?
Many in the Democratic party are clambering for Obama to run of the presidency in 2020. In addition to her consistently high approval rating, Obama brings with her a moral fortitude and aspirational tenor that so many are seeking from elected officials in the next election. Per The Hill:
As the country appears more splintered than ever, Obama’s aspirational tone gives the former first lady a high moral position within the party and American life. It is a similar tone Obama employed during her time as first lady, when she largely attempted to leave the political jabbing to her husband, focusing on children’s health and nutrition issues as well as assisting military families. And it is one that will likely remain untarnished in the Obama post-presidency because of her adamance in not running for political office.
Even as she tries to remain above the political fray, Obama will likely become one of the most sought-after surrogates for Democrats trying to defeat Trump in 2020. The then-first lady was an active participant in 2016, though it wasn’t enough for Clinton.
Obama remains popular. A Zogby Analytics poll in May suggested she would start out with an advantage over Trump, with 48 percent approving of her her compared with 39 percent for the president. A yougov.com poll in April showed a 90 percent favorability rating among Democrats.
“When she speaks, she doesn’t come from a political background. She doesn’t come from a place of polling numbers,” said Michael Starr Hopkins, a Democratic strategist and veteran of former President Obama’s 2008 campaign. “There’s a very authentic message that comes from her and people trust her.”