Since Donald Trump took office, much has been made about his low approval ratings.Despite the fact that Trump’s individual policies have been popular, approval polls have continued to be negative toward the new president.
Although Trump’s approval numbers remain low, the same cannot be said for First Lady Melania Trump. Since becoming First Lady, Melania has seen her approval numbers gradually increase. In fact, her approval numbers are now better than Hillary Clinton’s were as First Lady.
President Trump may not be the most popular president Gallup has ever seen, but his wife is rocking it.According to a recent Fox News poll, Melania Trump’s approval ratings have increased by 14 points since the last poll was taken in December and by 16 points since the first poll was taken in August. While Melania’s 51 percent approval rating does not measure up to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s (73 percent), she is doing dramatically better than her husband in the polls and is even more popular than former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The gap between Melania and her husband in popularity is wide, but that’s not uncommon:
Despite this, Gallup noted it is “not uncommon” for first ladies to be more popular than their husbands, most likely because “their role is far less controversial than that of the president, which often results in less partisan ratings of the first lady.”However, this was not the case when Bill Clinton was in office. During his first year in office, President Clinton’s approval ratings were better than Hillary’s:
While in the White House, Clinton had an approval rating of about 49 percent, which her husband Bill trumped her with his approval rating of 51 percent during the first year of his presidency.The new numbers highlight just how unpopular Hillary is with the voting public. Despite being anointed the chosen one by the DNC, Clinton was firmly rejected by voters in both 2008 and 2016. Even in a role like First Lady, voters prefer Melania Trump over Hillary Clinton.
So much for the Clinton dynasty.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]