Even the media can’t hide this.
Poll released earlier this week, Melania Trump’s approval rating is climbing: 53 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of the first lady.
The rating is an eight-point increase from her approval rating among the same demographic one year ago, when her husband assumed the presidency.
For a first lady who’s been on the receiving end of vicious and petty media attacks all year, and was just recently the unwilling subject of a Vanity Fair piece that alleged she didn’t want the position, it’s an impressive feat.
The breakdown of likely voters shed some light on which Americans, exactly, are so enthusiastic about the first lady. Among Republicans, as many as 81 percent of voters support the first lady.
Predictably, Democrats are less enthused, with 57 percent of voters holding an unfavorable opinion of her. Independent voters were on the fence as a whole, reporting roughly even numbers for favorable as they did unfavorable.
Voters were also asked what they thought about Melania Trump as a role model for American children. Roughly 40 percent of respondents claimed that the first lady was a good role model, with another 40 percent of voters opposing that viewpoint. The remaining 20 percent of likely voters were unsure or undecided.
Men hold a slightly more favorable opinion of the first lady than do women. The poll also revealed that 36 percent of likely voters had an unfavorable opinion of Melania Trump, with another 11 percent of voters remaining undecided.
The poll also indicated that only 20% of polled voters thought Melania Trump was involved in making political decisions. It’s her penchant for avoiding conflict and knowing the role of the first lady, perhaps, that makes her so popular among American voters.
The results of the poll are widely considered by many to be a good indicator of the first lady’s true approval rating. The poll was conducted using a sample of likely U.S. voters on November 28th-29th. The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 3 percent, and the poll has a confidence level of 95%.
While the poll is good news for Melania, she has a ways to go before matching the high approval rating of former first lady Laura Bush.
Both Melania and Michelle Obama’s ratings fall well short of the impressive 75 percent approval Laura Bush held at the end of her husband’s tenure as president. For much of that time, the former first lady’s approval ratings were higher than her husband’s.
Melania Trump is just getting started though — and the increase in her approval ratings, even in the face of fierce media negativity, bodes well for the future.