Ann Romney, the wife of former Massachusetts Governor and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, is gaining traction with the American people. A new poll finds that she has gained 12 points in her approval rating, which is now at 52 percent.
It seems the First Lady Michelle Obama and her possible successor, Ann Romney, are more liked or just as adored than either of their husbands, at least according to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey conducted by Langer Research Associates.
Between April and October, Romney’s favorability rating increased 12 percent from 40 percent to 52 percent. Romney is closing in on Obama’s 67 percent and President Barack Obama’s 55 percent approval rating. She is even more popular than her husband, whose approval rating is at 47 percent among registered voters.
The percentages are similar to past First Ladies and prospective First Ladies from the last several presidential campaigns.
“Like their husbands, each spouse appeals most to her party’s base. Ann Romney’s gains in popularity since April, while broadly based, have been best among Republicans and conservatives. Michelle Obama, for her part, continues to be rated most favorably by African-Americans, Democrats and liberals,” the news release stated.
“Obama has maintained some degree of bipartisan support – she is seen favorably by 43 percent of Republicans and half of conservatives. Romney does less well across the aisle; about one-third of Democrats and liberals view her favorably.”
Romney was in the spotlight Wednesday as the guest host of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” One of her interviews included a segment with Rebecca Hart, a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team, who competed in equestrian events with her horse, Lord Ludger.
The potential First Lady has talked about how riding horses helped her with her battle against multiple sclerosis.
The telephone poll was conducted with 1,018 randomly-selected adults between Oct. 4 and Oct. 7. It contains a margin of error of +/- four percentage points.