Melania Trump is more popular than Beyonce and Kate Middleton, according to this poll




 

Despite Hillary Clinton topping Gallup's "Most Admired Woman" list, first lady Melania Trump has also earned a spot, outranking Kate Middleton and Beyonce.

Earlier this week, the national consulting company released the results of its "Most Admired Man and Woman" poll for the 71st time since 1946, when General Douglas MacArthur took first place and women were "Not asked." This year, Michelle Obama earned second place, ahead of Oprah Winfrey, and Elizabeth Warren. For men, Barack Obama was voted most admired, one place ahead of Donald Trump.

Results were based on phone calls with 1,049 people during the month of December and interviewees were asked the questions, "What woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?"

Despite Melania's quiet profile (she moved into the White House five months after the president took office and she's been criticized for a vague anti-bullying platform) her popularity is indisputable.

"Melania Trump's favorable rating has risen 17 percentage points since January to 54% as she has become better known in her role as first lady," per Gallop's press release. "In contrast, a majority of Americans continue to view President Donald Trump unfavorably - his current unfavorable rating of 56% is nearly identical to January's rating of 55%.

The press release also notes that in January, 37 percent of Americans disapproved of Melania, while 37 percent held her in favor and 26 percent had no opinion. "Now, in Gallup's first measure of Melania Trump since she became first lady, the percentage with no opinion of her is down to 13%, while her favorable rating is up and her unfavorable rating has dipped slightly to 33%."

Gallup adds one caveat to explain why Melania is more popular than the president. "This is likely because a first lady's role is more ceremonial and generally much less divisive than that of the president."

However, unlike Michelle, whose love for affordable brands such as J.Crew made her seem relatable and her famous biceps signaled her devotion to combating America's obesity epidemic, Melania as a fashion figure has been controversial.

Among designers, Thom Browne and Tommy Hilfiger have defended the first lady, while others like Marc Jacobs have rejected the idea of working with her.

Melania has also made waves for appearing unrelatable - during multiple trips to Texas and Puerto Rico to assess hurricane damages, she was slammed for wearing stilettos that were "inappropriate" for the occasion. And in September, she was ridiculed on social media for wearing a hot pink Delpozo dress to give an anti-bullying speech at the U.N.


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