Poll: Melania Trump's popularity climbs 17 points since January

Poll: Melania Trump's popularity climbs 17 points since January
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A majority of Americans have favorable views of first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump arrives in Helsinki ahead of Putin meeting Princes Charles and William refused to meet Trump: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Mueller indicts 12 Russian officials for DNC hack | Trump does damage control after bombshell interview MORE 11 months after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE took office, according to a new Gallup poll.

Fifty-four percent of Americans polled said they viewed the first lady favorably, up 17 points from January when only 37 percent of Americans viewed her favorably. 

By comparison, President Trump is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans in the poll. Fifty-six percent view the president unfavorably, while 41 percent view him favorably. 

While the first lady's popularity has climbed by double digits in the poll, the president's has stayed relatively the same from his 40 percent to 55 percent favorable-unfavorable rating from January.

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The first lady got a later start in Washington than her husband. While the president took office in January, the first lady didn't move into the White House until June, after her son finished the school year.

Since settling into her role, the first lady has maintained a more public presence, attending events such as a Toys for Tots campaign on Wednesday and showing off the official White House Christmas decorations earlier this month. 

Now just a third of Americans, 33 percent, say they have an unfavorable view of the first lady, while 13 percent of Americans say they had no opinion. 

The first lady is still behind her three recent predecessors in terms of favorability during the fall of their husbands' first year in office. 

Laura Bush held a 77 percent favorable rating, while 61 percent of Americans viewed Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama attends Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Paris Princes Charles and William refused to meet Trump: report Queen Elizabeth greets Trump for first visit to UK as president MORE favorably and 58 percent of Americans viewed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' 10 things we learned from Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE favorably at the time. 

The Gallup survey of 1,049 adults was conducted Dec. 4-11 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.