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. GI Joe


    You mean like Laura and her daughters did?

    May 31, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. david mann

    I'm a 72 year old white man who was raised in the "deep south", and I will say what she INTENDED to say before. I have never in my life been as proud to be an American as I was the night Barack Obama was elected President. Michelle Obama is the classiest First Lady ever. She is articulate, intelligent, kind, caring, a role model parent, etc.. To denigrate someone with all these fine qualities for what was obviously a slip of the tongue is beyond absurd. But, of course, that's a repugnant for you. If you can't beat 'em, hate 'em.

    May 31, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    david mann

    I'm a 72 year old white man who was raised in the "deep south", and I will say what she INTENDED to say before. I have never in my life been as proud to be an American as I was the night Barack Obama was elected President.
    Wow... that's odd, since she spoke the quote in question before he was elected president. Guess you can add clairvoyance to her resume too.

    May 31, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Larry L

    @nell ryan

    She is absurd in many respects. Complaining about how she doesn't get paid to be first lady and how she wishes she had her old freedoms back so she could take a walk, go shopping, etc., on her own. All of the OTHER first ladies had the same restrictions, yet they didn't cry, "poor me."
    You found a way to hate a nice person, good mother and concerned First Lady working on health issues. Congratulations. Fox News will be proud. You are of course making all of your ridiculous statements up – a true conservative.

    Be careful – hate and racism can stain your very soul and eat at you like a cancer.

    She is hungry for recognition, always eager to upstage her husband via her outlandish dress or her self-serving remarks. Did you ever notice how –when she is referring to Malia and Sasha, she says – "My girls...." She never says, "Our girls..." It's as if she is a single parent. Her selfish behavior is obvious and disgusting and the reason no one I know has respect for her nor wants her to represent out country. When she violated protocol when visiting Queen Elizabeth I felt embarrassed for our whole country.

    May 31, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Bill

    Unless a first lady is significantly involved in politics, much like Hillary Clinton was, they normally will have high ratings. This is nothing new. Quit the Obama luv fest please.

    May 31, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Critical Thinking

    I think she said EXACTLY what she meant. How can any black american still cry prejudice with all of the minority directed opportunities that have been rightfully given, but enough is enough. President Obama is our first but probably not our last black President. If he can achieve this level of accomplishment, and his wife can achieve this level of accomplishment, we no longer need to keep playing the race baiting card of discrimination. Opportunity in america is for all that are willing to work hard, then get knocked down, then get up again try harder, not complain or make excuses. Michelle Obama was not proud of this country until she thought that she and her husband got what they thought they deserved. But will she feel the same if he is not re-elected or just blame others. I'm guessing that they will blame others and not appreciate the extrememly rare opportunity that they were given

    May 31, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    She so great, Lets reward her with another trip on the tax payers dollar. Pleeeeeaaaaassssseee!

    May 31, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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