A year-end poll conducted by Gallup has revealed that First Lady Melania Trump is the second-most admired woman in the United States. Of the write-in vote, Mrs. Trump totaled 5 percent, coming in behind former First Lady Michelle Obama, who garnered 10 percent of the vote. Although this is Obama’s second consecutive year in the top spot, she has dropped 5 percentage points from the results of the 2018 poll.
Despite coming in second to Obama, the current first lady beat out several other Democratic icons such as Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, all of whom finished with 3 percent support.
Michelle Obama is no stranger to topping popularity polls. As reported in The Hill, a YouGov poll conducted earlier this year claimed that the former first lady was in fact the most admired woman on the planet, beating out Oprah Winfrey for the top spot.
Gallup’s poll findings prove to be another extension of the success Obama has experienced after leaving the White House. Her 2018 memoir “Becoming” proved to be the best-selling hardback book of the year, according to The Hill, and her current work with the Obama Foundation is aimed at promoting the education of adolescent females worldwide.
Gallup’s poll also produced some interesting data regarding Mrs. Obama’s husband and President Donald Trump. According to the numbers, both men are equally popular, each receiving 18 percent of the vote. Depending on one’s perspective, there are many different ways in which this data could be interpreted. It could be argued that, given the political turmoil surrounding Trump along with the negative press coverage, his popularity is surprisingly high, all things considered. One could also argue that Trump’s popularity could spell trouble for his political future, given that incumbent presidents have typically been regarding as the most admired men in the country.
Although President Trump is tied with his predecessor in terms of popularity, Gallup also notes that his approval rating currently remains strong at 45 percent.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff