April 7th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Americans favor first lady

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/06/art.getty.obamas.europe.jpg caption=" Americans gave first lady Michelle Obama high marks following the first couples' debut overseas. "](CNN) - Americans gave first lady Michelle Obama high marks following the first couples' debut overseas, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday.

Eighty percent of those questioned think the first lady strengthened the U.S. image abroad by the way she handled herself on this trip - virtually identical to the 79 percent who feel the same way about her husband's performance overseas.

The poll, which surveyed 1,023 adult Americans, was conducted between April 3-5 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. tyree

    How could anyone see how our President and First Lady be received so warmly not be impressed? He and the First Lady are truly inspiring... I guess the people in Europe are feeling like we felt last year when we overwhelmingly elected President Obama.

    April 7, 2009 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  2. Floyd in New York

    Although I disagree with most of the presidents policies first lady Michelle is very pleasant and I love the way she dresses!

    April 7, 2009 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  3. Renee

    To see President Obama and frist lady Michelle Iam proud to be American!!! Obama is the President that this country has being waiting for. President Obama I know and millions others now that President Obama will spread goodwill toward all mankind.

    April 7, 2009 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. MAC, Hollywood, California

    i love this couple, i am totally smitten by them, is like a fairytale story.
    our president and first lady are the creme de la creme! viva la differenzia!

    April 7, 2009 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  5. williefloyd

    It would be nice if the media finally accepted the fact that most Americans do approve of our First Family!! Guess the Repubs. will never approve of anything either of them do-which is ok-just helps in the long run.

    April 7, 2009 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  6. Grumpy

    How can Americans judge when no one really knowsher ?

    April 7, 2009 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  7. MY Say

    Oh yeah sure
    Says Who
    They both are so full of themselves.

    April 7, 2009 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  8. Bradley from CA

    I think most people realize that both Obamas would put Europe first in a Europe vs. USA situation.... since they are willing to cave in and put Europe's interests first, they are loved and admired by the Europeans. This plays out really well on TV, and translates into high ratings back home.

    April 7, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  9. mark

    Its like liberal media pep talk over and over!

    April 7, 2009 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    She is pure class, just like her husband.

    April 7, 2009 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  11. Hope

    We have a classy, intelligent, and obviously independent First Lady that represent American Women with pride and dignity. We all should be proud, not envous.

    April 7, 2009 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  12. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    Kudos to the President and the First Lady!!! I always felt sorry for Laura Bush, the Intelligent half, for having to travel with an IDIOT!

    April 7, 2009 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Obama states mis conceptions

    Once again a poll who we dont know the participants, just another Obama distraction from the True Obama. A real leader will not justify himse;lf to explain if the USA is selfish or not. If other countries want to call the USA selfish, then lets be SELFISH. Bring our troops home, Close our borders, Kick all non citizens out, Ship NO more food to any country and Send no more money or aid. Then ask them if we are selfish

    April 7, 2009 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  14. scooter

    Cool I dont have to worry now about job losses, taxes and the upping cost of basic living anymore cause the first family give me a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart.

    April 7, 2009 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  15. Amy-Proud Texas Educator

    Who are you polling only democrats???? How can you even believe these polls when I've never once been called in my life to express my opinion, so please CNN stop reporting on all these so called polls which don't speak for Americans about Obama's popularity or his wife's celebrity status , poll every single American and I guarantee he would not be polling high in the Good Old USA.
    "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything"
    Take our Country Back in 2012.

    April 7, 2009 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  16. Lori

    Of course. This President and First Lady are a class act. They are highly educated, intelligent and a family with REAL family values. Republicans tried to attack Michelle's patriotism during the election by misconstruing her words but it didn't work. She is an excellent woman and mother to be admired by all American women and she's married to potentially one of the best President's America will ever have. God bless the First Family!!!!

    April 7, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  17. Ryan Wing

    It's nice to have a president people like. And it didn't take 9/11 to make him popular.

    April 7, 2009 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. EBC, MD

    Michele Obama is our American "treasure". She's beautiful, intelligent, graceful and such a natural woman. I'm so proud we have a First Lady who represents the 21st Century and NOT those "stiff Stepford Wives" former First Ladys who behaved in such a puppet and robotic manner.

    We wanted a REAL, DOWN-TO-EARTH and approachable First Lady and Michele Obama is THEE ONE! She loves to give hugs and she loves to reach out to the American people and to "REPRESENT" American when it comes to opening the White House and making it more of the "People's House" by thinking outside the box and bringing new and fresh ideas to the forefront.

    April 7, 2009 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. Dyeann

    I could never understand how it is always portrayed that 'most' Americans feel this way(in the headline!) when only 1,023 of us were polled! It should read "A miniscule amount of American citizens participated in a CNN poll and said they liked Michelle Obama". A CNN poll showing high numbers for Michelle Obama...go figure!

    April 7, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. You Go Girl!

    She's already done more than the last one did in all of her 8 years. Obama is such a positive role model for our youth. I have great respect for her.

    April 7, 2009 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Deb

    As an american I am very proud of the way our President and the First Lady represented us in Europe. They exemplified dignity and respect...something lacking for quite a few years.

    April 7, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. Mike

    Other non political polls show the obamas way lower than this poll is showing, which I might add is probably far more correct. He(obamby) is trying to give control of our economy to the Europeans or the UN and that makes him dangerous to this country, he certainly is no danger to the muslim countries.

    April 7, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. lb

    Americans may favor her but you have to wonder about Europe with the mistakes she made. Was she not groomed or did she ignore the fact that you never touch the queen. To hug her was unthinkable. Then she repreats herselfs in France. When will she take the office seriously and dress and act appropriately with the dignity expected of a woman in her position?

    April 7, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Michelle is awesome.

    April 7, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  25. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Michelle = the new Princess Diana.
    She will get no relief from the papparotizzi.

    April 7, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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