According to a “thermometer” poll released by Quinnipiac University Monday, Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the two “hottest” political figures in the country with scores of 53.1 and 52.1 degrees respectively. The scores stem from the average favorability rating for each candidate, based on a 0 to 100 scale with 0 being freezing and 100 burning.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s score is not surprising given her lengthy political career and especially strong support among Democrats and women,” Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a press release.
“But Gov. Christopher Christie’s rating is impressive given that his experience — less than four years as governor — pales compared to Mrs. Clinton’ s resume,” he added.
While Christie may be the hottest politician overall, and the most popular one among Independents tested, Republicans are still failing to warm up to the potential 2016 presidential nominee. Christie ranks eighth among the candidates tested in the study at 59.8 percent, far behind Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) – who leads the pack – at 68.7 percent.
Surprisingly newly elected Senator and former Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in third place overall – and above fourth-place President Barack Obama – despite the fact that 51 percent of voters didn’t know enough about her to give her a rating.
“What is interesting is that only two of the 22 figures rate better than the absolute middle of the scale, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the nation’s political establishment,” Brown said.
And similarly to a Rasmussen Reports study last week, Quinnipiac found that Americans really don’t like Congress. Rounding out the bottom four spots in the study were none other than the four Congressional leaders – Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Harry Reid respectively.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,468 registered voters nationwide via telephone from July 28-31, 2013. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.