Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney likes to tout his wife Ann as some sort of secret weapon that will help him close a yawning gender gap with women. But in a match-up with First Lady Michelle Obama, the former first lady of Massachusetts is firing blanks.
In a CNN/ORC poll released April 17, Obama had a 71 percent favorability rating, compared to Romney’s 41 percent. The first lady also is more popular among men (65 percent to 45 percent); women (76 percent to 37 percent); whites (67 percent to 46 percent); and non-whites (80 percent to 31 percent). Twenty percent of respondents said they don’t know who Romney is.
The poll was taken the day after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Romney having “never worked a day” in her life stirred up a major controversy. Romney has called it an “early birthday gift,” but so far it hasn't been of much value.
In an interview on National Public Radio earlier this week, Obama said that being first lady has been both challenging and less stressful than she initially imagined it would be, giving her an opportunity to pursue passion projects.
“I have the privilege of working on the issues that I choose and the issues that I feel most passionate about. It's been a privilege,” she said. “And there are definitely, you know, pressures that come with being in the spotlight, but they are far — are overshadowed by the amount of great things I've been able to do and the impact I've been able to have.”
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