Melania leaves White House with lowest ever popularity rating for first lady

Donald Trump is leaving office with the lowest ever approval ratings for a US president – but it’s not just him who is down low in the polls.

His wife Melania is departing with the lowest popularity rating for a first lady in polling history.

CNN worked with SSRS to survey the public on how they felt, having done the same thing for other first ladies since Pat Nixon, who left the White House in 1974.

They said Melania had a favourable rating of 42% compared to a 47% unfavourable rating.

Before this, the average first lady’s final popularity rating was 71% with an unpopularity rating of 21%.

CNN said that the question they used was slightly differently worded prior to 1989, and the poll wasn’t done in the month their husbands left office before this.

But even if only first ladies since Nancy Reagan were included, the figures were similar with a 70% favorable and 23% unfavorable average final rating.

Hillary Clinton was the second most unpopular when she left in 2001 (52% favourable and 39% unfavourable).

However, she was more politically active while in the White House, pushing for healthcare reform.

During Bill Clinton’s final year in office, she also ran for her seat in the Senate, so was more likely to be seen in a partisan light.

Melania has generally taken a backseat, apart from on a few occasions such as when she flew to see detained child migrants wearing a coat emblazoned with the phrase ‘I really don’t care, do u?’

Her moments in the headlines were sometimes unintentional, such as when she snapped ‘Who gives a fuck?’ after her Christmas decorations were compared to something out of the Handmaid’s Tale.

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