Their speeches at the Democratic National Convention widely praised, first lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton are both extremely popular in the crucial swing states of Ohio and North Carolina, according to a pair of polls released late Sunday night.
The latest releases from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that Obama and Clinton each notch favorability ratings near the 60 percent threshold in the two battlegrounds. In Ohio, 57 percent of likely voters say they have a favorable opinion of the first lady and the 42nd president. Fifty-five percent of North Carolina voters view Obama favorably, while 59 percent have a favorable view of Clinton. Clinton’s national favorability rating is even higher. According to a USA Today/Gallup poll released last week, 69 percent of American adults view Clinton favorably.
Sunday’s poll shows that other DNC speakers battle low name recognition in the two purple states. At least 50 percent of voters in Ohio and North Carolina have no opinion of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren, while at least 80 percent of voters in both states are unfamiliar with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has been pegged as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.