Poll: Melania Trump sees approval increase, but she's not quite as popular as Michelle Obama

First lady Melania Trump appears to be getting more popular, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday.

Fifty-three percent of those polled said they had at least a somewhat favorable view of the first lady, which is an 8 percent increase from those who felt the same shortly after the 2016 presidential election. Thirty-six percent of participants answered that they held an unfavorable view of Trump and 11 percent were listed undecided.

Trump's performance is relatively similar to that of predecessor Michelle Obama during her final year as first lady. However, both don't hold a candle to Laura Bush's whopping 75 percent nearing the end of her husband's presidency, despite the poor approval ratings of the 43rd president himself.

RELATED: Melania Trump in Chanel to light the national Christmas tree

14 PHOTOS
Melania Trump in Chanel to light the national Christmas tree
See Gallery
Melania Trump in Chanel to light the national Christmas tree
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump attend the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting held by the National Park Service at the White House Ellipse in Washington, D.C., November 30, 2017. The Beach Boys, Wynonna, The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell were among the artists who provided the entertainment. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 95th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House on November 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 95th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House on November 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 95th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House on November 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump attend the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting held by the National Park Service at the White House Ellipse in Washington, D.C., November 30, 2017. The Beach Boys, Wynonna, The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell were among the artists who provided the entertainment. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 95th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House on November 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 95th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House on November 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to the stage during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to the stage during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk off the stage during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as First lady Melania Trump smiles during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and First lady Melania Trump walk on the stage during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and First lady Melania Trump walk on the stage during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Other results from the poll indicated that 81 percent of Republican voters had a favorable view of Trump while 57 percent of Democrats had an unfavorable view of the first lady. Half of Independent voters viewed her favorably whereas 44 percent felt otherwise.

The question of whether the former Slovenian model is a good role model as first lady also had voters evenly divided, with 40 percent answering yes, another 40 percent answering no, and 20 percent of those who answered listed as undecided. Obama scored relatively higher in 2016, with 56 percent of voters saying yes.

And only 21 percent of voters think Trump has a say in policy decisions, which is a far cry from the 56 percent who shared the same stance about Obama in 2016.

The Rasmussen Reports poll surveyed 1,000 participants from Nov. 28-29.  According to the survey, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. 

RELATED: Melania Trump throughout the trip to Asia

37 PHOTOS
Melania Trump throughout the trip to Asia
See Gallery
Melania Trump throughout the trip to Asia
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania arrive in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is welcomed by Japan's First Lady Akie Abe as she arrives at Mikimoto Ginza Main Store for a cultural event in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan November 5, 2017. REUTERS/David Mareuil/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump sits with Japan's first lady Akie Abe during her visit to Mikimoto Pearl head shop in Tokyo's Ginza district, Japan, November.5, 2017. REUTERS/Katsumi Kasahara/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump are welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe with a dinner at Ginza Ukai Tei in Tokyo, Japan November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and First Lady Melania Trump, left, are welcomed by Emperor Akihito, second right, and Empress Michiko, right, upon their arrival at the Imperial Palace Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 in Tokyo. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump (3rd R) talks with Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) while his wife Melania (3rd R) talks with Empress Michiko (R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato
U.S. President Donald Trump, second left, and First Lady Melania Trump, left, are welcomed by Emperor Akihito, second right, and Empress Michiko, right, upon their arrival at the Imperial Palace Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 in Tokyo.REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Visiting US First Lady Melania Trump wrote a calligraphy with a help of a school girl while attending a calligraphy class of 4th grader with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister, at the Kyobashi Tsukiji elementary school in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Melania and Akie wrote characters together meaning "Peace". REUTERS/Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool
Visiting US First Lady Melania Trump writes a calligraphy while attending a calligraphy class of 4th graders with Akie Abe (R), wife of Japanese prime minister, at the Kyobashi Tsukiji elementary school in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Melania and Akie wrote characters together meaning "Peace". REUTERS/Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool
US First Lady Melania Trump poses with Japanese First Lady Akie Abe before their lunch at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, 06 November 2017. REUTERS/Franck Robichon/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Japan's first lady Akie Abe visit Kyobashi Tsukiji elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ma Ping/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Japan's first lady Akie Abe visit Kyobashi Tsukiji elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ma Ping/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Japan's first lady Akie Abe visit Kyobashi Tsukiji elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ma Ping/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump arrive for an official dinner thrown in their honor by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania board Air Force One as they depart for Seoul, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania board Air Force One as they depart for Seoul, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania arrive in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook walk at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with China� President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with China's President Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan in Beijing, China, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan applaud during the Banchang Primary School in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump assists a student to adorn a gown near China's First Lady Peng Liyuan during their visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump, and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, left look as a Chinese student perform Chinese opera during their visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump talks to children during her visit to Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump poses for photos with children in front of a panda section as she visits Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump leaves well wishes on a board after visiting the panda enclosure at the zoo in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.