Washington: The US First Lady, Michelle Obama’s approval ratings have soared to 65 percent, twenty points higher than the president, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
According to the Daily Mail, Michelle Obama is seen as a saviour for the Democratic party, and her popularity among voters and candidates has given the Democrats a boost ahead of next month’s mid-term elections.
The survey results also revealed that six out of ten men and more than seven out of ten women approve of Michelle Obama’s performance as First Lady.
Republicans are much cooler on the First lady, with 39 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said, “Not surprisingly, Mrs. Obama is extremely popular among Democrats, but she is also well-liked among independents.”
Michelle’s popularity has reportedly attracted the congressional candidates so much that they expressed more excitement at the prospect of campaigning with her than with Barack Obama.
When President Obama visited Wisconsin to talk up Democrat Senator Russ Feingold last month, the election hopeful’s support plunged 5 percent overnight, but after Michele’s trip to the same state on Wednesday, his popularity spiked to its highest level of his campaign and she helped him raise more than 150,000 dollars (240,000 pounds), the paper said.
Several Democrat candidates have aired TV adverts highlighting votes in Congress where they have opposed the White House, while few others have reportedly urged the president’s office that they would prefer it if Barack Obama stayed away, the paper added.
While President Obama is facing criticism for failing to bring America out of a prolonged economic crisis, Michele is acting as the first cheerleader to improve her husband’s image.