Poll: Hillary Clinton tops Obama, Biden in popularity
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction before delivering one of her final speeches as Secretary of State at the Council on Foreign Relations on January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. / Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn't announced any plans for the future, but a new survey out from Quinnipiac University suggests that she'll have plenty of popular support in whatever she plans to do -- at least for the time being.
According to the poll, conducted from Jan. 30 - Feb. 4 among 1,772 registered voters, 61 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, putting her ratings in that category ahead of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and a handful of top Republican politicians.
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.
Mr. Obama, according to the survey, has a favorability rating of 51 percent, with 46 percent viewing him unfavorably. The president's job approval rating is split, at 46 percent to 45 percent, down from 53 percent approval/40 disapproval in December.
Vice President Joe Biden, who like Clinton is considered a top potential presidential contender for 2016, trails his former colleague by 15 percent in the favorability department: 46 percent of registered voters viewed Biden favorably and 41 percent viewed him unfavorably.
Thirty-four percent of registered voters said they view Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., favorably; 36 percent view him unfavorably.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., meanwhile, has higher favorable ratings (27 percent) than unfavorable (15 percent), but 57 percent of registered voters said they didn't know enough about him to judge. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was viewed more unfavorably (29 percent) than favorably (25 percent) and 45 percent of registered voters said they didn't know enough to say.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had the highest unfavorability rating in the batch, at 42 percent. Twenty percent of registered voters viewed him favorably.
Meantime, when it comes to the job performance of each party in Congress, Democrats only rate slightly better than Republicans among voters. Thirty-three percent of registered voters approved of how congressional Democrats are handling their job compared to 19 percent approval for Republicans.
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