Poll: Obama endorsement could significantly sway Democratic voters

Poll: Obama endorsement could significantly sway Democratic voters
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A new USA Today–Suffolk Poll released Friday shows that former President Obama could significantly sway Democratic primary voters.

The poll asked likely Democratic voters which of the party's past presidential nominees would have the most influence on their vote today, USA Today reports, and Obama, who left the White House nearly three years ago, polled as the top former president with an overwhelming 67 percent.


The only other past presidential nominee that polled in double-digits was former President Carter, the oldest living president at 95, who polled at 11 percent.

Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMeghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' Enlightening the pardon power The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump dismisses reports of Russian meddling, labels them Democratic 'misinformation campaign' The new American center MORE were next at 6 percent each.

When asked which of the past nominees would be the least influential in their vote, Hillary Clinton came in second at 18 percent, trailing only 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis with 23 percent.

Clinton ignited a controversy last month when she suggested that presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFive takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria MORE (D-Hawaii) was a "favorite of the Russians." 

The Democratic voters were split on whether she should continue commenting on issues relating to the 2020 election, with 46 percent saying they think that Clinton should continue to speak her mind and 46 percent saying they believe that should stay out of the fray.

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