Are you in a public space? Look to your left. Now look to your right. There’s a good chance at least one of those people does not view President Obama favorably, but they probably still like his wife.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center updates the favorability numbers for both Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Her numbers have remained remarkably consistent during their time in the White House.
Pew goes behind Michelle Obama’s numbers here:
Impressions of Michelle Obama remain positive among most groups. Seven-in-ten women (71%) view her favorably, as do the vast majority of blacks (96%) and Democrats (90%). But Republicans are split on their ratings of the first lady: 42% see her favorably and 47% unfavorably. Among conservative Republicans, roughly twice as many view her unfavorably as favorably (56% vs. 29%), but 67% of moderate and liberal Republicans give her positive ratings.
While independents are divided in their opinions of Barack Obama (43% favorable, 52% unfavorable), two-thirds of independents (66%) rate Michelle Obama favorably and just 26% have an unfavorable view.