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. MD

    Very proud of our First Lady and not surprised at all... Wishing them and safe and speedy flight home...

    April 7, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. DB

    A++++ I was glued to the television every minute I could watch, even waking up at 4 a.m. to watch press conferences. I can't remember ever being so engaged, interested, and proud of our President (and I've been around long enough to have watched 10 other presidents). There are many out there (I see their garbage on this and other blogs) who don't know enough about world history to really understand much of what the President has been saying but if you do know history and have a deep understanding of contemporary world events and cultural and political structures around the world, you know that the President was truly masterful. The first lady was icing on the cake.

    April 7, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. sherry

    Both are class one......So refreshing to have The Obamas as our President and first Lady. They bring prestiege and credibility back to the white house.

    April 7, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. phoenix86

    Image only means something on American's Top Model. For nations, image means nothing. Until Obama (and apparently CNN – except for Lou Dobbs) learns this, Obama is making the world a much more dangerous place.

    April 7, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    We have crossed the intellectual and moral dessert of th Bush error. It is only natural that our first few days at the oasis that is the Obama administration be exceptionally sweet. But here is the best part; they are for real and they are ours for at least the next 4 years. Hopefully 8. For those who do not like the Obama's take heart. It could be worse. Just think how you would feel if McCain had won and the Supreme Court just stepped in and gave it to Obama. Man that would be awful- believe me.

    April 7, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    As always, it just depends on who took the poll and where the poll was taken.

    Take a poll in other areas and I'm sure the Americans there would give Michelle Obama very low marks.

    April 7, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. zaphod2000

    FINALLY!! Our president and first lady visit foreign countries and no flags or prez effigies are burned.
    There are some who might have protested their visit, but it's refreshing to see the world, just like us, stand behind a man who is trying to do his best with the mess he was left with after eight years of the bush dictatorship.

    April 7, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. RR

    and this matters because.....????

    April 7, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. BlueRI

    I could not be more proud of our first couple. How refreshing to be represented by a president who is not mocked/hated/despised, the same president who you could always find, whereever in the world he may have found himself, by the sight of burning effigies! On the contrary; Mr. (and Mrs.!) Obama are doing everything right and are beloved and respected around the world. May they continue to bring the message of cooperation, tolerance, inclusion and mutual understanding to all corners of the world.

    April 7, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Briana the college student

    Go Obamas !!!!

    April 7, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Sarah

    Ever since Obamas appeared on the horizon CNN is so obsessed
    with them that we are getting tired of.
    You can't compare Michelle Obama with Jackie Kennedy nor Mrs. Carla Bruni as they are completely different individuals.
    Please STOP making such a fuss about Obamas let them to be themselves.Often wondering who owes CNN and who are producers??

    April 7, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. Sharon Kitchen

    She is as dignified as always.
    Way to go 1st lady !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Joe in Austin

    They are a beautiful family.

    April 7, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |

    God bless them!

    April 7, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. Susan

    She is a CLASS ACT!

    April 7, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. Proud

    She's just a amazing & beautiful lady, inside & out. What more can be said?

    April 7, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    I think this is great everyone can see that she is just a down to earth person. She isnt like Sarah who thinks the world should love her. Thank god she never got into the white house.

    April 7, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Sarah

    Well done, President and Mrs. Obama. Thank you for representing our country so well and making us proud once again to be Americans.

    April 7, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Dawn

    Most First Ladies have a higher rating than their Husbands, First Lady Michelle Obama is no different, I have see her with the young girls in London when she was talking, it was very emotional. These girls hugged her and cried.

    She is doing the job of a First Lady, and she is smart....

    April 7, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. because she is hot and smart

    not difficult to guess why we love her

    April 7, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. Desmond

    The Obamas did exactly as expected, changing the image of the USA as they change the USA

    April 7, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. TRUTH

    They are a great improvement over the last president and first lady

    April 7, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. Jack in Florida

    She is a class act....what more can we say! Everyone can relate to her as she is a great representative of US women!

    April 7, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. jm for sc

    Wonderful couple. Michelle is awesome!!!!

    April 7, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. JJ

    First Lady is doing a great job. Way to Go

    April 7, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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