The shock poll – conducted by The Boston Herald and Franklin Pierce University – found the former FLOTUS would nab 26% of the vote in the northeastern state – which is one of the first in the country to vote in the Democratic Primaries.
Obama would be six percentage points ahead of current front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren – each of whom would secure 20% of the New Hampshire vote should the First Lady throw her hat into the ring.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders would drop to fourth place, with a 15% share.
The poll was conducted between October 9 and 13, with 422 likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire questioned about their preferences over the phone.
While Obama has previously ruled out a run for the Oval Office, fears are growing that none of the top-tier Democratic candidates will be able to beat President Trump at the General Election.
According to Associated Press, the candidates ‘are facing urgent questions about their ability to challenge Trump, prompted by a health scare for Sanders, an uneven response by Biden to the President’s efforts to tie him to the impeachment inquiry, and nagging questions about liberal Warren’s electability.’
Meanwhile, the top three candidates find themselves publicly striking out at one another – which may also be damaging in the General Election.
On Sunday, Sanders attacked Warren during an interview with ABC News, calling the Massachusetts senator a ‘capitalist’.
‘There are differences between Elizabeth, as you know, said she’s a capitalist through her bones. I’m not.’ Sanders told the network.
‘I am, I believe the only candidate who’s going to say to the ruling class … enough, enough with your greed and with your corruption,’ he continued.
Meanwhile, Biden has similarly attacked Warren in recent days, as his lead as the Democratic front-runner has all but evaporated.
Last week, during a town hall in New Hampshire, Biden took a swipe at her campaign promise of ‘I have a plan for that’ .
‘We’re not electing a planner,’ the former Vice President tartly told the crowd.
‘More important than my plan is my promise: I will get this done,’ he noted in what was seen as a knock against his more liberal rival.
His swipe came Warren and Biden have been statistically tied in several recent state and national polls. She trails him by less than half a percent in the RealClearPolitics polling average.
Biden and Warren will be side by side in the crowded debate next Tuesday, which will feature 12 presidential contenders, including the first time Tom Steyer has appeared with the contenders.
The debate will air at 8 p.m. ET from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. CNN anchors Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper and New York Times national editor Marc Lacey will serve as the debate moderators.
This is the second debate featuring a more strict set of qualifications to make the stage.
Candidates needed to garner at least 2 per cent in four pre-approved polls and have contributions from 130,000 donors.