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 ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE 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 ClintonFive takeaways from Arizona's audit results Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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 GabbardProgressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition YouTube rival Rumble strikes deals with Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald 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.

Obama has yet to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary field, which includes his former vice president, Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE.