Poll reveals changes in First Lady’s approval rating since inauguration

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Melania Trump’s approval rating has increased 16 points since her husband took office in January, according to a poll released Mar. 8 by CNN/ORC.

Americans’ approval rating of the first lady has jumped from 36% to 52% since the inauguration.

As recently as February, Mrs. Trump’s favorability rating was merely 24%, with 31% of Americans finding her unfavorable and 23% not having heard of her.

Although her unfavorable rating remains about the same at 32%, only 3% say they don’t know who Melania Trump is today.

When looking at demographics, the first lady’s ratings closely follow party lines, with 86% of Republicans and 22% of Democrats finding her favorable.

In addition, 58% of men find Melania Trump favorable as compared to 46% of women.

When looking back to former first lady Michelle Obama’s ratings taken in April 2009, her favorability rating was at 93% with Democrats and at 50% with Republicans; 78% of women found her favorable as well as 68% of men.

Finally, in terms of how college-educated Americans rate Melania’s favorability:


  • Women with college degrees – 46% favorable
  • Women without degrees – 55% favorable
  • Men with college degrees – 62% favorable
  • Men without college degrees – 72% favorable

1,025 adult Americans were interviewed via telephone between March 1-4, 2017, for the CNN/ORC Poll.


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