GOP pollster says Michelle Obama one of Democrats' best surrogates

Republican pollster Ed Goeas on Tuesday told Hill.TV that former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE is one of the best surrogates for the Democratic Party, along with former President Obama. 

"She is amazing," Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking," referring to Obama.

"In the last campaign, I always thought the two best surrogates for either party were the president and Michelle Obama, and I think that continues."

"She has a way of kind of connecting with people," he continued. "Usually you have first ladies that ... take on an atmosphere of being rather endearing in terms of the way they present themselves. She was far beyond that in terms of connecting with people." 

The Obamas hit the campaign trail for Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE in 2016, and hold immense popularity within the Democratic Party. 

The former first lady has said she does not plan on launching a presidential bid in the future. 

A new Hill-HarrisX survey released on Tuesday found that 25 percent of Democrats said they would back the former first lady in the Democratic primary, tying with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech MORE, who still has not announced his 2020 intentions. 

— Julia Manchester