Popular Michelle Obama to boost Bennet campaign Thursday

Michelle Obama is a very popular political figure, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll (pdf) has found just as the First Lady is about to land in Colorado to stump for Sen. Michael Bennet. Sixty-five percent of Americans approve of the job she’s doing. Key for Bennet is that she is attractive to the independent voter bloc pollsters have said will decide the race between Bennet and GOP opponent Ken Buck.

The survey indicates that six out of ten men and more than seven out of ten women approve of the job Obama’s doing. But while there’s no gender gap, the poll suggests a partisan divide.

“Not surprisingly, the first lady is extremely popular among Democrats, but she is also well-liked among independents,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Nine in ten Democrats approve of how she is handling her job, and six in ten independents agree.”

Even better news for Bennet is that 67 percent of adults surveyed in the West as a region of the country approve of the First Lady.

Obama is hosting a lunch event in Denver with Bennet on Thursday.

The Buck campaign this week is battling media reports suggesting he is insensitive to women’s issues. National versions of the story exploded out of reporting by the Colorado Independent that question his handling of a 2005 rape case as Weld County DA.

For its poll on Michelle Obama, Opinion Research Corporation interviewed 1,008 adults between October 5 and 7. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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