If there is any doubt that the Harvard- and Princeton-educated former Chicago hospital executive has major influence, just take a look at these numbers. A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 76 percent of Americans view Michelle Obama favorably, up 8 points from 68 percent in January.
POWERPLAY: In the same poll, Michelle Obama is viewed favorably by 60 percent of Republicans, a whopping 14-point jump from 46 percent in January. It gets even better. Among GOP women, her popularity shot up to 67 percent from 46 percent.