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Former Bush First Ladies More Popular Than Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 27, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 27, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Michelle Obama may be more popular than her husband, but lags behind both Laura and Barbara Bush.

A new Gallup poll finds that the current first lady has a 66 percent favorability rating, compared to only 52 percent to President Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama’s image far exceeds Hillary Clinton’s first lady rating, when she came in at 56 percent. Despite her popularity, she trails Laura Bush, who came in at 73 percent, and Barbara Bush, who came in at 77 percent.

“Clinton’s role in trying to pass a controversial national health care reform law may have contributed to her comparatively lower ratings, while the rally effect after 9/11 may have given Laura Bush’s ratings a boost,” Gallup stated.

Gallup added that the current first lady’s popularity could be an asset as the White House continues to push Obamacare.

“As the Obama administration seeks to encourage young Americans to sign up for health insurance and apply for financial aid, and the Democratic Party tries to maintain control of the Senate, the first lady’s lately unshakeable public image could be an asset to each in the coming months,” the Gallup poll said.

Gallup polled 1,023 American adults from Feb. 6-9.

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