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 TrumpOvernight Tech: Lawmakers zero in on Zuckerberg | AT&T, DOJ preview trial arguments | First lady vows to tackle cyberbullying Stormy Daniels fires back on Twitter: 'I am NOT going anywhere' Melania Trump: Critics will not stop me from fighting cyberbullying MORE 11 months after President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut 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.


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 ObamaObamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait to larger space over high demand Trump celebrates St. Patrick's day on Twitter MORE favorably and 58 percent of Americans viewed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war 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.