The Wildly Popular First Lady

Bumped - Todd

These numbers are pretty remarkable:

Barack Obama's approval ratings are good. Michelle Obama's are better.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Monday and Tuesday, 79% say they approve of the way Michelle Obama is handling the job of first lady. Just 8% disapprove.

To compare, her husband's rating in the Gallup Poll released Thursday is 65% approval, 29% disapproval -- undeniably a healthy rating. Even so, asked about her stronger showing, senior White House adviser David Axelrod jokes, "Fortunately, she's agreed not to run against us."

What's more, while the president's rating shows a sharp partisan divide -- Democrats overwhelmingly approve of him but most Republicans don't -- Michelle Obama's appeal crosses party lines. Almost every Democrat expresses approval, 94%-1%. Even among Republicans, her approval rating is 64%-17%.

Don't believe that Michelle Obama, who during the campaign was not the most popular national political figure, could be this popular today? Take a look at the latest numbers from The Pew Research Center and think again.

Not only is Michelle Obama highly popular relative to other current political figures, she is also historically popular compared to other first ladies, making her one heck of a surrogate for her husband's administration. I would not be at all surprised, then, to see Michelle Obama hitting the hustings more and more in the coming months as the White House tackles increasingly ambitious issues -- including, and particularly, healthcare. Though I do not foresee Michelle Obama holding the same role that Hillary Clinton did in her husband's push for universal coverage, given Michelle Obama's immense popularity and background working in hospitals, she would be a major asset for the White House and could be an important part of the administration's efforts to make sure that no American has to go without healthcare.

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That 30% number

...sure does seem to show up in polls a lot.

by mcc 2009-04-24 11:40AM | 0 recs
The Party of Family Values?

Thank you, yes, I am a member of it.

Let's see, they have David Vitter, Vito Fossella, we have Michelle, the Girls and Bo?

It's shouldn't be this easy, but I will take it.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-24 11:41AM | 0 recs
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One thing we lerned during the primaries and presidential election: Michelle can learned from a few missteps. Since then, she has been on a roll.

What a great first lady. She's everyone's first lady.

by MainStreet 2009-04-24 12:31PM | 0 recs
If she does hit the hustings

do you think she'll stay those popular?  Unfortunately I think if she got down in the controversy those number would drop significantly.

by JJE 2009-04-24 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: If she does hit the hustings

I agree. Their "rollout," so to speak, of the FLOTUS has been very soft. Other than the trip abroad with Obama and trips to Chicago, has she even been out of Washington?

I think a lot of people identify with the fact that she has seemingly chosen her family over her career. It must be hard for her, though.

by Zeitgeist9000 2009-04-24 01:34PM | 0 recs
Re: If she does hit the hustings

Health care is not very controversial. The media likes to act like it is, but over 60% of Americans want a public health care plan.

I think Michelle Obama can use her popularity to address a wide variety of issues without it hurting her numbers significantly. It is all in the approach she takes.

by Lolis 2009-04-24 02:00PM | 0 recs
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One thing I especially like about MB is that she's honest, without being exhibitionist, about the Obamas having disagreements and marital problems.  This is important for people to hear.  Everyone has struggles, even the Obamas.  The larger-than-life image of these two could lead you to believe that they live in this weird, updated, mixed-race Leave-It-To-Beaver world.  But life is, to a large extent, dealing with struggles and striving for the best possible outcome - even if it isn't one you would have picked in a vacuum.

by the mollusk 2009-04-24 01:07PM | 0 recs
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I remember some people who thought otherwise last year. But they've all left the site by now.

by X Stryker 2009-04-24 01:13PM | 0 recs
Re: The Wildly Popular First Lady

Warning: Reading the Hidden Comments section can be hazardous to your sanity.

by X Stryker 2009-04-24 01:14PM | 0 recs
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Wow, that's like a who's who of dipsticks.  I had forgotten about half of those people.

Did you get that just from searching Michelle Obama?  Jesus Christ.  I wonder what "Brazile" would give you.

by Jess81 2009-04-25 05:30AM | 0 recs
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You have to specify "view Hidden Comments" and "Search Archive". But its best to leave those ghosts buried.

by X Stryker 2009-04-25 06:33PM | 0 recs
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foxnews has similar numbers today:

http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/0424 09_poll.pdf

Michelle Obama:

Favorable 73%, Unfavorable 16%, Can't say 10%

by devilrays 2009-04-24 01:18PM | 0 recs
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She's as dishonest as Hussler; a match made in slime

by Rainboskies 2009-04-24 04:36PM | 0 recs
I know he/she will just morph and come back

But, two posts and BOTH deserve banning.

Delete this account.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-25 10:34AM | 0 recs
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Projecting...

by X Stryker 2009-04-25 06:36PM | 0 recs

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