Poll: Hillary Clinton best-known, best-liked potential 2016 contender

Hillary Clinton is the best known and best liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a Gallup survey released Thursday.

The poll found 91 percent of people are familiar with Clinton, and she carries a 19-point net favorable rating.

More than half of the public views the former secretary of State favorably and just over one-third view her unfavorably.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), who heads to Iowa Thursday to test the 2016 waters, is among the potential GOP presidential contenders Gallup included in its survey.

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Nearly two-thirds of people said they are familiar with Christie. Thirty-three percent view him favorably and 32 percent view him unfavorably.

Sixty-five percent also said they are familiar with former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). Thirty-one percent said they view him favorably and 34 percent view him unfavorably.

The public is least familiar with Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) among potential GOP candidates.

A majority of the public also said they are familiar with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.).

Huckabee and Paul received the highest net favorability ratings with 12 percentage points and 9 percentage points, respectively. 

As for Clinton’s potential Democratic competitors if she runs, just over half said they are familiar with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.). Thirty-eight percent said they are familiar with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), with 21 percent viewing her favorably and 17 percent viewing her unfavorably. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) was the contender with whom people are the least familiar.

Eighty percent said they are familiar with Vice President Biden, but he received a negative net favorability rating. The poll found 38 percent view him favorably while 42 percent view him unfavorably.

The poll surveyed 1,013 people between July 7 and 10 with a 4 percentage point margin of error.