Who Won 2019's Political PR Race? (Hint: She's Not Even Running)

The old adage goes that the press can say whatever they want so long as you spell my name right, but public relations researchers know there is a net positive and/or negative effect at the end of all those media impressions. Based on a survey of American consumers conducted by PR firm Bospar at the end of 2019, the biggest net gain of the major American political figures was former First Lady Michelle Obama, followed closely by her husband, former President Barack Obama.

The net scores are the difference between those indicating each subject had the "best" or "worst" PR year in 2019.

The only other net positives also swung Democratic, including 2020 candidates Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was net even, and the rest of the pack -- including a mix of Republicans and Democrats -- were net negative, PR-wise.



The biggest loser, not surprisingly, was the current President, though his 2016 political challenger -- Hillary Clinton -- wasn't far behind.

What's the net of this net? If you ask me, it should be that Michelle Obama is the Democratic nominee for 2020, even though she has said she's not running. Believe me, I know. I think I was the first to report that while live blogging her interview when she told Queen Latifah at SXSW in March 2016.

As unlikely is it seems, maybe she'll change her mind?

In any case, here are the explicit positive / negative PR scores for each of the above:

BestWorstNet +/-
Michelle Obama7.6%2.1%5.5
Barack Obama6.6%2.6%4.0
Bernie Sanders3.9%1.9%2.0
Elizabeth Warren4.0%2.3%1.7
Pete Buttigieg2.3%1.3%1.0
Robert Mueller2.4%2.4%0.0
William Barr0.9%1.2%-0.3
Melania Trump2.8%3.7%-0.9
Nancy Pelosi4.8%5.8%-1.0
Mitch McConnell0.5%1.9%-1.4
Adam Schiff0.9%3.0%-2.1
Hillary Clinton2.8%9.0%-6.2
Donald Trump21.9%32.0%-7.9

Source: Bospar.

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