We really don’t know if she even cares since she’s not elected, but according to a new poll, First Lady Michelle Obama is experiencing the same drop in numbers as her husband, the president.
As we noted, she’s not an elected official and not charged at least officially with making the tough executive decisions that come out of the Oval Office.
As a result, first ladies have typically fared better in different public opinion polls than their more controversial husbands. And even now as Mr. Obama’s poll numbers keep sliding, Mrs. Obama still remains somewhat more popular.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 55% of Americans have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Mrs. Obama. That’s down 7 points, or 11%, since November’s survey and it’s her lowest approval level since holding the Bible for her Democratic husband, Barack, to take the oath of office on that cold D.C day back on Jan. 20.
Her approval rating is perhaps more interesting than other first ladies because she played such an active and sometimes controversial role in her husband’s $750-million campaign and has taken on some high-profile assignments during her husband’s early months in … the Oval Office. This includes leading the Chicago delegation to Copenhagen this fall in its unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and persuading her husband to make a plea there too.
Neither Obama is running for any office in next fall’s crucial midterm elections, of course. But declining approval rates for both could indicate not only a general falling out of love with the couple but further electoral trouble for Democratic campaigns during double-digit unemployment and an increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Obama’s highest approval since Rasmussen began monitoring the first lady’s public standing last winter was 67% and her previous low was 57%. Fewer than 1 in 3 Americans (31%) now regard her very favorably.
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