While political fights continue to divide Americans on most issues and politicians, one person in Washington continues to be broadly popular. Fully 69% of the public has a favorable view of First Lady Michelle Obama. Just 21% have an unfavorable view of the president’s wife. Three-quarters of women (75%) view Michelle Obama favorably as do 67% of independents. Even among Republicans, about as many hold a favorable view (44%) of Michelle Obama as an unfavorable opinion (43%). When Michelle Obama’s favorable rating was first tested in May 2008, just as many then as now had an unfavorable opinion of her (21%), while 43% viewed her favorably and nearly a third (32%) could not rate her. Since President’ Obama’s inauguration, however, she has been overwhelmingly popular with the public. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.