Nearly 7 in 10 Americans agree with Barbara Bush: Political dynasties aren't necessarily a good thing when it comes to presidential candidates.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday found 69% of respondents agree with the former first lady's now-famous statement that "more than two or three families" should run for high office in America. A quarter of adults said they disagree.
The findings are potentially bad news for Jeb Bush, as the former Florida governor weighs whether to follow his father and brother and run for the White House, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In the poll, 50% of adults believe Barbara Bush's point of view applies equally to Jeb Bush and Clinton. The former secretary of State, U.S. senator and ex-first lady has said she'll decide later this year whether to run again for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Jeb Bush has said that both he and Clinton will have to "overcome" their family ties if they decide to run. Clinton already had a taste of that in 2008, but presumably a second presidential campaign would shine a brighter spotlight on her tenure at the State Department and, especially, her response to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
As for the Bush family dynamics, Jeb Bush has said his mother's comments won't be a factor in his decision. His brother, Neil, has said that former President George H.W. Bush would like to see Jeb run for president.
Hear what Barbara Bush told C-SPAN about her son running for president: