In a new YouGov poll released this week, First Lady Melania Trump passed Hillary Clinton in the eyes of the American public. But Trump isn’t the only one. Every single former first lady is beating out Hillary on the list.
As BizPac Review reports, “former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush (who recently passed away), Laura Bush and Michelle Obama all scored higher than Clinton, who may very well be the most unlovable woman in America.”
Here are the approval ratings for the first ladies: Obama (57%), B. Bush (47%), L. Bush (47%), Trump (40%), and Clinton (38%).
Here’s more, from BizPac Review:
While some might argue that Melania’s ratings also seem low, keep in mind the impact of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Even President Donald Trump’s children often face hostility from liberals in the public because of their ties to the left’s “public enemy number one.”
Melania’s husband is likewise still in office. The favorability ratings of presidents and their spouses tend to increase after leaving office. Yet, despite her husband being out of office for 18 long years, Hillary’s ratings still remain in the gutter. Sad!
Melania’s ratings are fairly decent given also the lengths to which the mainstream media goes to disparage and demean her.
And, per YouGov:
First Ladies have been in the spotlight this last week – first with the passing of Barbara Bush, and then with Melania Trump hosting her first state visit. YouGov Ratings data explores how First Ladies and their spouses fare in the court of public opinion.
It shows that for each living president, Republican first ladies are more popular than their husbands while Democratic presidents are more popular than their wives. The late Barbara Bush was seen positively by 47% of Americans – notably higher than her husband George H. W. Bush, who earns a 38%. The figures are exactly the same for the second generation of Bushes in the White House, with Laura Bush (47%) viewed more favorably than her husband George W. Bush (38%). Fifteen months into being First Lady, Melania Trump – while having slightly lower scores than either of her Republican predecessors (40%) – is ahead of her husband Donald Trump, who is viewed positively by 35%.
The opposite is true when it comes to Democratic presidential couples. While 59% of the public have a positive opinion of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama is at 57%. While over half (51%) view Jimmy Carter favorably, for Rosalynn Carter the figure is 39%. Although Bill Clinton is less popular than either the Democratic presidents at 42%, he is still seen more favorably than Hillary Clinton at 38%.
It is easy to see why Melania’s approval has increased since the inauguration of her husband, per Fox News:
The first lady carries herself with an understated elegance and, known for her privacy, she’s measured in her words and actions. Since she chooses to stay below the radar most of the time she doesn’t give her critics much material to work with.
Mrs. Trump’s first year as our country’s first lady has been a success. She’s kept her composure despite unprecedented attacks against her husband, her son, and herself by a media intent on making news instead of reporting it.
Through it all she’s kept a low profile while holding her head high. All the intolerant women on the left could learn a lot from Melania about dignity and respect if they stopped talking long enough to listen.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 27, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS hosted an incredible first official state visit this week, reiterating the strong allegiance with our long trusted ally France. Proud to see this administration lead on the world stage.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 28, 2018