First Lady Melania Trump, a former model, has been slowly increasing her visibility in recent days. She had her first outing earlier this month, she read to children on National Read Across America Day, and she also visited a hospital and then on Wednesday, she hosted a luncheon at the White House to mark International Women’s Day. But her grandual appearances seem to have had a positive effect on how Americans perceive her.
According to a CNN/ORC poll, Mrs. Trump’s favorability rating now exceeds that of her husband, who gets a 45 percent favorable rating. More than half of Americans now give first lady Melania Trump a favorable rating, a marked improvement in her standing since her husband Donald Trump became president.
The latest CNN/ORC poll finds that 52 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Melania Trump, up from 36 percent just before her husband took office January 20. Her positive rating is more than double what it was a year ago: 24 percent in February 2016, CNN reported. Today, 32 percent of Americans continue to have an unfavorable view of her, while 3 percent say they have never heard of her and 12 per cent have no opinion.
Eight-six percent of fellow Republicans have a favorable view of Melania Trump, while only 22 percent of Democrats have a favorable view.
This partisan split is worse than what occurred after Michelle Obama became first lady eight years ago. CNN reported that Michelle Obama had a 93 percent favorable rating among fellow Democrats and 50 percent among Republicans in April 2009.
Fifty-eight percent of men and only 46 percent of women view Melania Trump positively.
She has mostly stayed out of the news, preferring to live with the Trumps’ young son Barron in New York until he completes the school year. At that point, Melania and Barron are expected to move to the White House and live with President Trump.
International Women’s Day luncheon
This week, invites to the Wednesday luncheon at the White House thrown by the first lady hit the inboxes some of Washington’s power-women set. The day has traditionally been celebrated at the White House, sometimes with musical performances.
First daughter Ivanka Trump want front and center at the event, as well as Dina Powell, a top White House adviser whose portfolio includes women’s issues. Mrs. Trump, wearing a black, sleeveless Ralph Lauren dress, made her remarks after the pooled press was escorted out of the room.
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Her next major White House event will be the annual East Egg Roll on the South Lawn, the office of the press secretary announced Wednesday.
She identified combating cyberbullying as an issue she would champion as first lady while on the campaign trail, but it’s clear women’s issues are emerging as another area of passion and interest.