President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome French President François Hollande as he arrives for a state dinner at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014. 

It’s no secret that Michelle Obama is an outstanding first lady.

Now there are poll numbers to prove it. The Chicago-native is ranked in the top five of first ladies, coming in fifth place, just ahead of Hillary Clinton, who is sixth, according to a survey of historians that was released Saturday, Reuters reports.

Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband, Franklin, served as president from 1933 to 1945, has ranked No. 1 each of the five times the survey has been conducted by Siena College Research Institute since 1982, the report says.

This year, Roosevelt was followed by Abigail Adams, Jacqueline Kennedy, Dolly Madison, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. 


The survey asked 242 historians and political scientists to rate 38 presidents' wives in 10 categories, including "courage," "integrity," "value to the country" and "accomplishments," the report says.

Obama won high marks in the categories of "being her own woman" and "value to the president." She scored low in her capacity of "being the White House steward." Whatever!

Historians are unclear about just when use of the title became common, but it is an unofficial and potentially powerful role.


Rounding out the top 10 after Clinton were Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Martha Washington and Rosalynn Carter.

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