Washington (CNN) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans approve of how Michelle Obama is handling her duties as first lady, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 65 percent of the public gives Obama a thumbs up, with only a quarter of those questioned saying they disapprove of how she's handling her job as first lady.
Full results (pdf)
The poll's release comes as Obama hits the campaign trail for the first time for fellow Democrats running in the midterm elections. The first lady is scheduled to help out candidates in Wisconsin and Illinois Wednesday, part of a seven state tour between now and October 27.
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 indepenents agree."
The survey indicates that 39 percent of Republicans approve of Obama, with 46 percent disapproving.
The First Lady's approval rating is 20 points higher than that of her husband. Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 5-7, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report