Mini Poll: First Lady of the United States


Do you have a favorable opinion or an unfavorable opinion of Michelle Obama?


Strongly favorable:
 55%
Generally favorable:
 23%
Generally unfavorable:
 11%
Strongly unfavorable:
 11%

Men:

Strongly favorable:
 44%
Generally favorable:
 24%
Generally unfavorable:
 18%
Strongly unfavorable:
 14%

Women:

Strongly favorable:
 65%
Generally favorable:
 22%
Generally unfavorable:
 5%
Strongly unfavorable:
 8%

 


Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michelle Obama is handling her role as First Lady?


Strongly approve:
 56%
Generally approve:
 24%
Generally disapprove:
 12%
Strongly disapprove:
 8%

Men:

Strongly approve:
 48%
Generally approve:
 25%
Generally disapprove:
 17%
Strongly disapprove:
 11%

Women:

Strongly approve:
 63%
Generally approve:
 24%
Generally disapprove:
 8%
Strongly disapprove:
 5%

 


Which of the following is the greatest American First Lady (to have already served)?


Abigail Adams:
 6%
Barbara Bush:
 7%
Rosalynn Carter:
 2%
Hillary Clinton:
 12%
Jackie Kennedy:
 17%
Nancy Reagan:
 6%
Eleanor Roosevelt:
 42%
Martha Washington:
 1%
Edith Wilson:
 1%
Someone else:
 5%

 


Several titles other than “First Lady of the Land” (first used to describe Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of Rutherford B.) have actually been used to describe an American president’s spouse. If we changed again now, which of the following would be your first choice?


Lady:
 2%
Lady [Last Name of President]:
 11%
Mrs. Presidentress:
 1%
Mrs. President:
 4%
None of them:
 82%

 


Do you believe that a popular First Lady reflects well on a president to the public?


Yes:
 94%
No:
 6%

Men:

Yes:
 92%
No:
 8%

Women:

Yes:
 96%
No:
 4%

 


Do you believe that an unpopular First Lady harms a president’s standing with the public?


Yes:
 82%
No:
 18%

Men:

Yes:
 83%
No:
 17%

Women:

Yes:
 81%
No:
 19%

 


Do you believe that First Ladies should be strong advocates for causes during their time in the White House?


Yes:
 77%
Yes, but only if I agree with the cause:
 7%
No:
 16%

 


Michelle Obama has been a prominent advocate for a range of important causes. To which of them would you judge her contributions to be the most important?


Children:
 42%
Conservation:
 1%
Education:
 10%
Environment:
 1%
Homelessness:
 1%
Human rights:
 2%
Literacy:
 2%
Philanthropy:
 1%
Vetran/Service Member Support:
 21%
Women:
 0%
Something else:
 18%

 


The White House Office of the First Lady currently has two dozen or so staffers, whose salaries cost taxpayers a total of $1.75 million a year (out of a $1.5 billion White House budget). Most recent First Ladies have been similarly staffed. Is this a reasonable expenditure for such a high-profile office?


Yes:
 45%
Maybe:
 27%
No:
 28%

 


In which year do you think we will finally see a First Gentleman, the husband of a female US president?


2012:
 2%
2016:
 24%
2020:
 39%
2024:
 15%
2028:
 2%
After 2028, but not never:
 14%
Never:
 4%

Men:

2012:
 1%
2016:
 19%
2020:
 43%
2024:
 15%
2028:
 3%
After 2028, but not never:
 14%
Never:
 4%

Women:

2012:
 1%
2016:
 18%
2020:
 40%
2024:
 14%
2028:
 3%
After 2028, but not never:
 14%
Never:
 3%

 


First Lady Michelle Obama said that she sees no reason for her young children to have Facebook pages at this time. Do you agree with her?


Yes:
 95%
No:
 5%

Men:

Yes:
 93%
No:
 7%

Women:

Yes:
 96%
No:
 4%

 


What is your gender?


Male:
 49%
Female:
 51%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.