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
It's interesting how Hillary somehow managed to get the center spot. You'd think that this center spot would be the current First Lady.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Hands down!
Not in this country Neal R. Not in this country....
Regarding the lineup: I think it may have been done in ascending or descending order, depending on which side of the stage you start at.
BARBARA? The one who said the Astrodome was better than where Katrina victims had been living before the hurricane? That rhymes with Witch woman is just as unbearable as the spawn she popped out.
Interesting that CNN would bring the Race angle into this. It is a poll for 'most admired first lady' for the love of God. Couldn't you leave the racially divided angle out of that, or, as official news outlet of the Obama Administration, were you under strict orders to make sure racial division was part of it?
As First Lady, for the most part, all Jackie Kennedy ever did was stand there and look pretty.
None of the above!!!!!!!!!!!
Jackie Kennedy reins as the most admired!!!!!!!!!!
I admire both Barbara Bush & Hilary Clinton, but Michelle Obama should take the first place spot.
Nothing good ever has come or will come from anyone with the last name of clinton or obama.
Order is based on chronology.
Neal, it looks like they put them in chronological order, starting with Carter and ending with Obama.
The most admired is Patience Jonathan (First lady of Nigeria). You only need to hear her speak(on youtube) before realizing why she is admired
"But this isn't a survey of a possible 2016 presidential showdown. Instead it's a poll of the most admired first lady."
-it does not matter, nation's keys are with President. These are wives.
What happened to nancy reagan...
Not necessarily. Position of honor is generally to the right. The first ladies are assembled in chronological order.
On the other hand, it could be from left to right, current (Obama) all the way to Mrs. Carter.
lol ^^^ they're in order
Pat Nixon's The One! I admire how she stayed strong in the face of all the problems associated with Richard. Last on my list would be Michelle – what an unappreciative oaf of a first lady. She's no lady.
I like both Barbara and Laura Bush. Both are a class act protective of family and remaining above politics. I range Obama above Clinton because Clinton was always pushing he own agenda at least Obama looks out for her family and appears to protect her husbands position.
Hmm, Bill Clinton is highly sought after speaker, well compensated, and respected, now George bush Jr., not any of those things . I wonder why.
"It's interesting how Hillary somehow managed to get the center spot. You'd think that this center spot would be the current First Lady."
Or... it could be that they are in the order of the time they served as first ladies. I know that doesn't fit any conspiracy theories the righties love to create, but it could be that.
My pick is Pat Nixon for class. She kept quiet, stayed in the background and allowed her husband to put a nail in his own coffin. I vote Hillary and Michelle for their intelligence and good humor. I pick Michelle as the one who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty......literally.
What a skewed poll.