March 29, 2009
Kudos for Michelle Obama
A majority of U.S. residents give Michelle Obama high marks for her performance as first lady. 52% say that Mrs. Obama is doing either an excellent or good job in the position while just 9% believe she is handling herself poorly. 24% are unsure.
But, the first lady is not immune from party politics. 75% of Democrats report Mrs. Obama is performing well in the position. That’s compared with just 30% of Republicans. However, a notable proportion of the GOP — 36% — is unsure how to rate her.
Women give First Lady Michelle Obama higher marks than do men. 57% of women compared with 47% of men believe Mrs. Obama is doing an above average job. There is little difference between younger and older Americans. When it comes to U.S. residents under the age of 45, half report that Mrs. Obama is doing either an excellent or good job while 52% of those 45 or older feel the same.