Poll: Michelle Obama quite liked
May 30th, 2012
09:48 AM ET
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Poll: Michelle Obama quite liked

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama is still a popular figure in the United States, according to a new poll of Americans released Wednesday.

The Gallup survey indicated the first lady has a 66% favorable rating, unchanged from two years ago and consistent with the figures she received when her husband, Barack Obama, was sworn in as president.

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Although her rating did not top 54% during the 2008 presidential campaign, she received a boost shortly before inauguration in 2009, to 68%.

Americans tend to view first ladies more positively than presidents, a trend continued in the current administration. Michelle's favorable figure has averaged nine percentage points higher than her husband, who 52% of Americans view in a positive light, according to the latest Gallup figures.

Former first lady Laura Bush, wife of former President George W. Bush, averaged a 73% rating during her eight years in the White House. Hillary Clinton, the current secretary of state and wife of former President Bill Clinton, received an average of 56% through Clinton's two terms.

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I have one little problem with the First Lady! She always shops at the local store with everyday Americans but she don't do so in my neck of the woods so I can get a peek at her lovely figure and beautiful personna! Hey Mrs Obama, how bout shopping in the Garden State? Love you Mrs. Obama! I'll be at the inauguration in 2013 to see President Obama's second inaugural address! Haha, four more years baby! Love you Mrs. Obama! Obama/Biden 2012!

    May 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    I was in a bookstore earlier today and saw a book by her about growing your own vegetables. I wonder how long it will take the right wing wack jobs to claim that makes her a socialist.

    May 30, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine


    Worst First Lady of the worst President in the history of the USA. Such a fake smile and begs for the limelight like no other Presidents wife.
    Funny, I remember feeling the same way about Nancy Reagan: that is, until I grew up. Take a hint, junior.

    May 30, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. lindylou123

    Michelle Obama is one of the classiest first ladies we have ever had the privilege to know. Even though haters like Limbaugh and his listeners disrespect her everyday, most Americans are smarter than them and make up their own minds. She is brave, smart and cares about our nation . She is raising two phenomenal children and her work to help military families and to bring the horror of what obesity is doing to our young people to the forefront is admirable.
    She will be here for four more years, I have no doubt. Americans are not fooled by the race haters or by the idea that an obscenely wealthy woman like Ann Romney has any empathy for anyone who is poor and struggling. She pays tens of thousands for her horses and they eat better than many poor Americans but I doubt that ever crosses her mind.

    May 30, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Larry L


    "Worst First Lady of the worst President in the history of the USA. Such a fake smile and begs for the limelight like no other Presidents wife.'
    Before even reading your post I glanced at the name and wondered "what hateful thing could this perpetual bigot have to say about such a gracious lady?". Hate is quite predictable.

    May 30, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Dustie wrote:

    I find much that is objectionable about Michelle Obama: Her trip to Spain on the taxpayer's money with her forty plus entourage, her many vacations, the very few contributions that she has made since becoming First Lady, and then there is her past in cushy jobs and one where she shuttled poor patients away from the hospital where she worked in order to get a better class of patients... not impressed at all. It's been all about her fashions, but nothing substantive. Not a horrible person, but she comes across as angry one. I question how she could listen to "Rev. G-damn AmericaWright's" hate-filled sermons for over twenty years...

    I bet you LOVE watching Birth Of A Nation (those good ole times) don't you? You're pretty questionable yourself.

    May 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    but for some reason Sarah Palin can't STAND her. And I don't recall the FLOTUS ever saying anything bad about Palin...at least not in public. Jealous much, Sarah?

    May 30, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Another Day with Racist Idiots

    "Michelle's critics are not fit to walk behind her."

    You're right about that, she does have a very wide load !

    Wow, pretty classy stuff John; your family must be proud! BTW, if you wanna start tossing around worthless comments about appearance, I offer Jan Brewer and Rush Dumbo.

    May 30, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Woman In California


    I think she is a stand up First Lady. Doing what a First Lady is supposed to do. That is pick a cause and drive results forward for that cause. She has done that with the Obesity program. Kudos to her. Where I have an issue is she relishes the limelight of Hollywood and TV. The other First Ladies didn't engage in that activity unless it was in support of the cause. Michelle does it because she likes the limelight.

    Michelle DOES it because she is INVITED to DO IT. Please get over your jealousy. FACT: people like being around the Obama's because they bring excitement and "something different" to the table unlike the previous First Ladies. Is this such a bad thing?

    The Real Tom Paine, DM and Marie MD – you ALL nailed it!

    May 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. works4me

    She's a classy lady with a genuine smile and honest concerns about much of what get swept under the carpet of America.
    I plan on seeing her for another 4 years.
    Obama 2012... the thinking persons President!

    May 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Johnjon

    I've always liked Mrs. Obama............... she's funny, genuine, likable, and a class act, and she's never mowed down a guy in an intersection, killing him like Laura Bush did.

    May 30, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Romney is not My Hero

    The Republikkkans can't stand someone like our wonderful First Lady, Michelle Obama. It's too bad they will have to see her for another four years.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 30, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Taran

    I like her fight against childhood obiesity. I like the idea of her planting a garden at the white house and trying to encourage america to eat better. I will stop there rather than go negative.

    May 30, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. mslisac363

    This would be great if her husband had the same status.

    May 30, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. jas106

    I'm thinking that those of you so in love with the Obamas need a good set of hearing aids and a new pair of glasses. Maybe then you'll be able to clearly see and hear what they are up to. The direction we are currently being taken is so obviously the wrong one that it amazes me that you all can't see it too...

    May 30, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Al

    Barack Hussein cheerleader, and she wants him to win so that they can continue to have her mom living at the tax payers expense. She has to back him.

    May 30, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    President & First Lady – 2012!!!

    All of the haters posting here need to go and find something else to do – maybe the trash cans are still on the curb or you need milk from the store. Stay away until this TRENDING post closes!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    May 30, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. mikle

    She spend tax money like it her own. Separate air plane , Spain trip, numerous vacation. She is out of touch.

    May 30, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Mrs. Obama is the perfect example of what a First Lady should not be. She is close to Imelda Marcos than any First Lady should be.

    May 30, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. nintex

    Some people will hate anything and anyone they are told to hate, and it only makes them look stupid in light of that facts that are clear to see. Mrs. Obama is an amazing First Lady and those who disrespect her are only making themselves look really bad to the rest of the world. You guys need to either get real or shut up.

    May 30, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Larry L


    "I like her fight against childhood obiesity. I like the idea of her planting a garden at the white house and trying to encourage america to eat better. I will stop there rather than go negative."
    Adding the last line is going negative. You just couldn't help yourself – too many years of Fox News training in hate.

    May 30, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. GBfromOhio

    Very intelligent, articulate and classy lady. Don't think she relishes the limelight, but supports her husband and several causes with great dignity.

    May 30, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Keeping it Real

    What's not to like about elitist vacation spots and spending millions of taxpayers dollars?

    May 30, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. yogi

    First lady, first class all the way! Genuine and caring, what is there not to like about her? Whoever is posting negative comments about her need to do some soul searching to see where this hate comes from.
    Obama and Michelle 2012!

    May 30, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Bootstomper

    No really Al your not very bright.

    May 30, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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