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Melania Trump is Three Times More Popular Than Donald Among Democratic Voters

Melania Trump is three-times more popular than her husband Donald Trump among Democratic voters, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by CNN, showed that 51 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the first lady. Of those who approved of her, a majority were white, older men who identified as members of the Republican Party.

Overall, she is more well-liked than the president by over 10 points, plus she has some support from Democrats. Twenty-nine percent of Democrats polled said that they approved of Melania Trump while only 10 percent approved of Donald Trump.

Even independent voters have embraced the first lady. Fifty-one percent of independent participants told polltakers they have a favorable opinion of her. On the other hand, only 39 percent of independents approve of the president.

While the majority of Americans still think that Melania Trump is doing a good job, her approval rating is down six points from a similar poll conducted in May. 

But that may be due to the fact that the first lady largely has been out of the public eye since she underwent a kidney procedure for a health issue that kept her out of the media for almost a month. Her first public appearance since then was at a FEMA briefing on hurricane preparedness that she attended with her husband.

She has also received some criticism for an unusual display of opinion on public policy earlier this week on the issue of family separations happening at the U.S. border. The first lady weighed in on the issue of the White House's "zero tolerance" policy through her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. 

In the statement, Melania Trump, an immigrant herself, said that she "hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform."

Her comment received some flak for being too "complicit," as Kathy Griffin said on Twitter. 

While her favorability remains over 50 percent, her approval ratings are lower than previous first ladies like Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, who both maintained favorable ratings in the mid-to-high 60s during their time in the White House.

RTX69R1K Melania Trump appears at a public event for a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The first lady is three times more popular than her husband, Donald Trump, among Democratic voters, according to a new poll. Carlos Barria/Reuters