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Michelle Obama poll numbers up: 76 percent have favorable opinion of First Lady

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Below, release from Andrew Kohut at Pew Research
To: Sweet, Lynn
Sent: Thu Apr 23 08:29:47 2009
Subject: Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Higher Personal Ratings

As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obama's job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity. Fully 73% of Americans - including as many as 46% of Republicans - hold a favorable view of Obama as a person. Fewer people held favorable impressions of George W. Bush (61%) and Bill Clinton (60%) early in their first years.

Obama's job approval stands at 63%, which is up slightly from March (59%). Opinions about Obama's performance remain highly partisan. Fully 93% of Democrats approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, compared with just 30% of Republicans. Independents' opinions fall in between, with 58% expressing positive views of his performance and 27% negative opinions.

Fully 79% of Democrats very strongly approve of Obama's job performance; only about half as many Democrats (39%) expressed very strong approval for Clinton at this stage in 1993. Obama's highly positive ratings from members of his own party also surpass Bush's 71% very strong approval among Republicans in April 2001.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted April 14-21 among 1,507 adults finds that Obama's job ratings on several specific domestic issues are on balance positive, but also reflect the division of opinion about many of his policies. For example, 60% approve of his handling of the economy generally, while 33% disapprove. Fewer (50%) approve of his handling of the budget deficit, compared with 39% who disapprove.

In conducting foreign policy, most Americans think Obama is striking the right balance in pushing American interests (57%) and in taking into account the interests and views of U.S. allies (56%). The public also is rendering a somewhat more positive view of Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo than it did a few months ago; by 51% to 38%, more now approve of the decision to shut down Guantanamo.

The survey finds that Michelle Obama's personal favorability ratings have increased since just before her husband's inauguration in January. More than three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they have a favorable opinion of the first lady, up from 68% in January. Much of the change has come among Republicans, especially Republican women. About two-thirds of Republican women (67%) have a favorable impression of Michelle Obama, a gain of 21 points since January.


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is this some kind of joke? a poll on who has a favorable view of the first lady?this is obviously just another case of corporate news media shifting the focus of the financial crisis the gov. is creating to loot America to something completely irrelevant.this is a perfect example of why Americans have no clue what really is going on in our gov.because we are not only in the ipod/cellphone generation of distraction but so called journalists will never speak an unkind word of our government,instead they would rather shine the big turd.

Well, this may be a fluff piece but blaming the government now for what Bush did is similar to blaming the fire department for burning down a building.

A more astute observation would be that it would be difficult to form a bad opinion of President Obama in light of the love affair the press has with him. Those numbers just demonstrate this bias.

That said, Obama is doing a great job getting the rest of the world to respect us again. We lost a lot of credibility internationally over the last 8 years. We need everyone to work together if we are going to get stability in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Does anyone else think that karl may be Karl Rove? :)

woot woot! michelle obama kicks ass!!!

to:NVRA... I'M NOT BLAMING BUSH FOR ANYTHING,I AM CAPABLE SEEING PAST THE RIGHT/LEFT PARADIGM.AND YES WORLD PEACE IS GREAT BUT A WORLD GOVERNMENT IS NOT.IF YOU WATCHED THE G20 SUMMIT THE PHRASE "NEW WORLD ORDER"WAS REPEATED A HUNDRED TIMES.AND THE ONLY REASON WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS TO GAIN CONTROL OVER THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLDS OIL, ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY ITS ABOUT POWER.I THINK YOU NEED TO GET RID OF THAT PROPAGANDA IDIOT BOX LIKE I DID AND LOOK INTO ALTERNATIVE MEDIA AND BOOKS.READ UP ON HITLER,STALIN AND MAO YOU BE SURPRISED AT THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THEN AND WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN AMERICA.

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