New poll reveals Melania Trump’s surging popularity

While many recent polls show declining numbers for President Trump, Melania Trump’s popularity has seen a significant uptick.

According to a Gallup poll conducted from December 4 to December 11, a majority of Americans now have a favorable view of the first lady.

“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,” Gallup notes in a statement. “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%.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump host a Hanukkah Reception at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump holds her son Theodore (C) alongside Jared Kushner (R), senior White House advisor, attends a Hanukkah reception hosted by US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump passes his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner during a Hanukkah Reception at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump receives applause as he hosts a Hanukkah Reception at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (C) attends a Hanukkah reception hosted by US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner attends a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 this year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels (R) speaks alongside US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (L) during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 this year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: (L to R) U.S. President Donald Trump and White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner attend a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 this year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump attends a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks alongside First Lady Melania Trump (L), Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels (2nd L) and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik (R) during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: (L to R) First lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 this year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: (L to R) U.S. President Donald Trump talks with White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner as they attend a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 this year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: (L to R) Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, son Theodore Kushner, and White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner attend Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 this year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Gallup does point out that other first ladies have also had higher ratings than past presidents, in part because their roles are less controversial and “more ceremonial.”

However, Melania Trump did recently find herself in the headlines after a friend told Vanity Fair, “This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win.”

“She didn’t want this come hell or high water,” the individual also said.

A spokesperson for the first lady later blasted Vanity Fair for suggesting that Melania is anything but thrilled to serve the nation.

President Trump also came to her defense in a tweet.

“Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that ‘if you run, you will win.’ She would tell everyone that, ‘no doubt, he will win.’ I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) – and Country is doing great!” the president tweeted.

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