Michelle Obama approval high but down slightly from previous months

Voters' approval first lady Michelle Obama remains high, but a new poll found that her approval ratings have fallen slightly.

According to the Marist Poll released Monday, 63 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Michelle Obama while 21 percent hold an unfavorable view of her. That's a slight dip from six months ago when Marist last surveyed voters' opinions of the first lady. In May, Marist found that 66 percent of voters hold a favorable view of Obama. In September, Marist found that 65 percent of voters held a favorable view and 24 percent had an unfavorable view. In December 2009, Marist found that 68 percent had a favorable view while 20 percent had an unfavorable view.

Broken down by party affiliation, Marist found that 85 percent of Democrats hold a favorable view while 6 percent hold an unfavorable view. Republicans are more evenly split — 42 percent have a favorable view and 39 percent have an unfavorable view. Independents generally like the first lady. The poll found that 58 percent have a favorable view of Obama while 21 percent have an unfavorable view.

Obama has recently been hitting the campaign trail for her husband's reelection campaign. Last weekend the first lady was in Florida to speak at a number of Democratic National Committee events.