Washington (CNN) - Bush and Clinton are tied in a new poll.
But this isn't a survey of a possible 2016 presidential showdown. Instead it's a poll of the most admired first lady.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Friday, 27% of Americans say Barbara Bush is the most admired first lady over the past quarter century. Bush, the wife of former President George. H.W. Bush, is tied for the top spot in the survey with Hillary Clinton, who succeeded Bush in the White House as first lady.
The poll indicates current First Lady Michelle Obama is a close third, at 24%, with her predecessor, Laura Bush at 17%.
But the survey suggests large partisan and racial divides.
Forty-two percent of Democrats say Obama is the most admired first lady, with Clinton just three-percentage points behind. Republicans questioned put Barbara Bush on top at 45%, with Laura Bush second at 36%. And independents most admire Barbara Bush (28%) and Clinton (27%).
One-third of white respondents say they admire Barbara Bush, with Clinton second at 24%. Among African-Americans, Michelle Obama (58%) is most admired, with Clinton (30%) a distant second. And among Latinos, Clinton's in first (45%) followed by Obama (29%).
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The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted April 23-27, with 1,000 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey has an overall sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
Barbera Bush by a landslide.
US deserves a sense of pride for having been constantly blessed with very adorable ladies as first ladies. Some might be elderly, whiter, darker or more fashionable than others. But they all have exhibited qualities that really justify their positions as first ladies.
Another useless article.
Glad someone finally did this poll to put the burning question of "who was the best first lady?" to rest.
Good grief, the headline made me think this was a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary presidential run poll.
Which would be a really depressing set of choices.
Benghazi, benbhazi . . . . wait, most admired first lady right up there with Barbara Bush.
Good luck trying to make anything stick to Hillary. In particular lies and innuendos about things in the past that have been covered and investigated ad nauseum.
A popularity contest... nothing of substance based on achievements and moral, ethical values.
Michelle has ruined her reputation by all the diet faux pas.
most admired is mrs. lbj of texas, god's country.
Over the past quarter century there have been "no" admirable first ladies. Considering the piss poor choices, I am surprised its even a posted as a contest.
What? No Dolly Madison?! I call shenanigans.
These two families have have 3 decades to destroy America. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. NO BUSH OR CLINTONS!!! RAND PAUL 2016!!! Let's take American back from the criminal families that have sank our country to new lows!
Another Bush? I'll pass, thanks.
Babs, her popularity soared after she voiced her opposition to another bush presidency, a very popular opinion for sure.
Laura Bush is pure class..... Hillary.....um not so much.
Laura Bush period she brought class back to the White House that will never be matched.
Kind of pointless....as the article says, the survey suggests large partisan and racial divides. If you had asked who the best president was during this period the results would be the same.
We know we know. But my favorite First Lady is the very fit Mrs. Michelle Obama.
Jackie O for what she endured (Marilyn et al and the assasination of her husband), and MIchelle Obama for what she's enduring from the yahoos of this country.
Both have exhibited grace and class under duress.
My personal vote is for Barbara Bush, too! She was a refreshing change from the Botox Barbie that Nancy Reagan appeared to be. Although her daughter-in-law comes in a close second.
Good thing they limited this to the last quarter century because Jackie Onassis Kennedy would have swept the floor with all of them.
And now back at the High School Prom, the king and the Queen are..............CNN you need some new blood.
Clinton's handling of Boko Haram questioned
Of course, it is. I question why they're blaming Clinton for it. Isn't the POTUS the one who usually makes such announcements? It's a national policy decision. This is still about the right trying to make Clinton damaged goods by 2016. They're hell bent on making Hillary a "no term president."
The Poll is clearly very much affected by how respondents view their respective husbands and political preferences.