As shocking as it might sound, First Lady Melania Trump's favorability rating has apparently fallen drastically — by double digits, in fact!
A new CNN poll released Thursday revealed that the first lady's favourability has fallen by 11 points in just a couple of months in the recent past from 54 percent in October down to 43 percent. As CNN's Kate Bennett noted, "The 11-point drop is notable for Melania, who, for most of 2018, has maintained positive polling numbers, staying in the high-40s to high-50s. However, unlike the numbers of her husband, who has steadily maintained a favorable rating of about 40 percent, public opinion of the first lady has varied."
The most recent approval rating as Bennett noted is "still 13 points higher than the first lady's lowest polling numbers, which occurred in January 2017, days prior to her husband's inauguration; at that time, her favorability stood at 36 percent... These new numbers reflect Melania maintains her strongest support from older, white, male Republicans and conservatives, while her biggest detractors are women, mainly younger and those who are college-educated."
As per the revelations made by the survey, the biggest drop for Melania — which is down 17 percentage points — is among liberals and white college graduates. One of the possible factors that could explain these latest results are Melania's increased public appearances. According to Bennett, "In recent weeks, Melania has been more visible, often appearing side-by-side with the president at events, as well as accompanying him during travel to Argentina for the G20 Summit. The first lady has also been more vocal about policy issues, making longer, more detailed speeches on the opioid epidemic."
Melania herself hasn't been any less criticized. The negative criticism reached an all-time high when she addressed the #MeToo movement in an October interview with ABC News. She said women who slam men with sexual assault allegations need to provide "hard evidence" when coming forward. At the same time, she tried to assure the public that she "stands with women" who have faced sexual assault or have come forward with their stories. However, the biggest outrage of all came her way when she claimed she was "the most bullied person in the world."
In June this year, things went particularly bad for Melania after she took a sharp hit after her weak attempt to speak out against her husband's zero tolerance policy towards immigrants. Despite Melania having attempted to brand herself as an advocate for women and children in the past, when her husband and president Donald Trump signed the executive order reversing his policy of separating immigrant families and replacing it with a policy of detaining entire families together, she said nothing.
As per CNN, the poll of 1,015 adults was conducted by SSRS from December 6 to December 9 via telephone. The margin of error for total respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.