Spousal asset: Michelle Obama scores high with voters
April 12th, 2012
12:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Spousal asset: Michelle Obama scores high with voters

(CNN) - A new poll released Thursday indicated almost two-thirds of voters continue to have a favorable view of Michelle Obama.

The first lady, known for promoting veterans issues as well as health and fitness causes from the White House, makes a positive impression among 65% of registered voters nationwide, according to the Marist Poll.

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Twenty-three percent, meanwhile, say they have an unfavorable view of the president's wife, with 12% unsure about their opinion.

Her score remained steady since the group last conducted the survey in October, when 63% of those questioned had a favorable view, while 21% had a less positive opinion of Obama.

Those numbers fall higher than her husband's ratings. According to a CNN/ORC International Poll in late March, 56% of voters had a favorable view of President Barack Obama, while 42% had an unfavorable view.

"The First Lady may be the president's best asset," Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement. "With numbers like these, expect her to have a high profile on the campaign trail."

The poll results came the same day as Michelle Obama's likely counterpart this fall, Ann Romney, made headlines defending herself after a top Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor accused her of being out of touch with working women.

Hilary Rosen argued Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life" because she chose to be a stay-at-home mom, rather than enter the workforce.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle fiercely defended Ann Romney, including the first lady, who tweeted on Thursday: "Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • Polls
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    I'll like her much more when she is back living in Chicago!

    April 12, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Of course her poll numbers are HIGH as she CAN actually relate to being a working mom and a wife. She doesn't need to "tweet" when her feelings are hurt as she understands she is in the media spotlight and not everyone will love or agree with her. I'm glad America understands what we have in First Lady Michelle Obama – a beautiful woman who knows what its like to work hard and ACCEPT criticism even if she doesn't always deserve it.

    April 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. gr8usa

    Can't wait for the people with faux outrage over the comment about Ann Romney to issue their typical attacks on our First Lady. For the record, I don't agree with Hillary Rosen's comments. I just find it rich how quickly some on the right were outraged that someone dare to say anything that might portray a political spouse in a bad light after not condemning the outrageously nasty things Rush and the folks on Fox News have said about Mrs. Obama.

    April 12, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "Hilary Rosen argued Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life" because she chose to be a stay-at-home mom, rather than enter the workforce."
    Why was that relevant to this article? Ann Romney's response just demonstrates how out of touch she is with the reality of middle class families. Most women do not have the luxury of even making the choice. If you are middle class and have 5 kids, then the choice is already made for you.

    April 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Sit down, look pretty and keep your mouth shut. That's what America wants in a First Lady. Thanks Hillary.

    April 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. CBR

    Mrs. Obama has stepped up to support the families of service men and women who are on deployment. She and Mrs. Biden have worked hard on their behalf. It is not glamorous work but it is definitely appreciated by the military families.

    It is really a shame that we have not figured out a way to be positive about people whose ideas or actions differ from ours. A little respect would be a breath of fresh air.

    April 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Joi Gibson


    Well said, well said!!!!!!


    April 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    I have nothing but respect for the great job Michelle Obama has done representing America. I would also suggest that given the opportunity, Ann Romney will be given equal respect from me, regardless of our political differences.

    April 12, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    Of course Michelle Obama scores high with the voters. She is, and by far, the most intelligent and beautiful first lady
    this country has ever had. The more she shows up in public, the more Obama will win the election. And he will.

    April 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. 1zb1

    The poster Child for woman's issues for the Republican Party is now a woman who has never worked in her life; is worth hundreds of millions of dollars; and when she gets sick goes horseback riding at her multi-million dollar chalet for therapy while her husband promises to kill healthcare and cut benefits for tens of millions of people while giving himself a tax cut worth millions of dollars..

    What crazy world do we live in that anyone would think of voting for a Republican or Mitt Romney?

    April 12, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    I'll like her much more when she is back living in Chicago!


    You've got a long wait babe – 4 years, 9 months to be precise.

    April 12, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Rudy NYC – If you are middle class and have 5 kids, then the choice is already made for you.
    This is America. People make these choices every day on their own and it is not "made for you". Obama's collective mentality hasn't taken over quite yet.

    April 12, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    With approval numbers like that, she must be very proud of her country.

    April 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Mozart - Piano Specialist

    When Michelle Obama drops that piano she carries around in her back pocket she can talk to me about healthy eating.

    April 12, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Ann

    Yes, what an asset. I will never forget two horrible comments she made in 2008:

    Michelle Obama: “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country”

    Mrs. Obama on Mrs. Clinton, on the campaign trail : “If you can’t take care of your husband, how can you take of the Presidency.”

    April 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    "Oh the outrage" scream the tightie righties! Mrs Obama DARES to care about military families and peoples' health. How dare she!! I guess they want her to be a Stepford (GOP) wife....."yes darling. Whatever you want. I am here to serve you"

    April 12, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Larry L

    She is a magnificent First Lady. Interesting to note the right-wing opposed her efforts to curb childhood obesity. That says it all.

    April 12, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. No Way I'll Vote for Romney

    What a beautiful kind First Lady we have. In reference to working women; It is hard when one is a working Mom. It is hard work when one is a stay at home Mom. I am sure some women would prefer to be stay at home Moms but they don't have a choice. I think it is better for a woman to have a career. Sometimes husbands die or there is a divorce. Every woman should be able to take care of herself and not depend on a husband. Let's face it not every husband has a 6 or 7 figure income.

    April 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Publius Novus

    I'd be really interested to see an analysis of the 23% who disapprove of Michelle Obama. Like, party affiliation, liberal-conservative spectrum, geographic region, race, religion, education, etc.

    April 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Debra from Georgia

    I think that Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosen Carter, all are great first ladies that have did a wonderful job in representing our country. I am proud to support anyone of them. I also think Ann Romney is a great person, a little out of touch with the american people trying to deal with the economic foes of our economy, but yet a great person. However, I will be pulling the LEVER FOR MR OBAMA!

    April 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Howard

    Not only did Barack never get vetted ... Michelle also got rubber stamped. Michelle also spent years in Wright's church. Why was her license to practice law taken away? These are just a couple of questions swept under the rug, while the White House, and the DNC public relations experts work over time churning out endless stories proclaiming how wonderful Michelle Obama is.

    April 12, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Blindersoff

    Well she hasn't worked a day in her life and remember, she has the luxury to and made that choice to be a stay at home mom. At one point kids are going to be at an away from home age (school years) Mrs. Romney, her servants plus live in nanny, has no idea of the struggles and economic woes of the average hard working mom, woman. Period. She's a Barbie Doll at best and He's a Ken Doll with some things missing. LOL!

    April 12, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Jane

    Go Michelle! We want YOU for First Lady AGAIN!

    April 12, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |