New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump on presidency: 'I thought it would be easier' Trump threatens to scrap 'horrible' South Korea trade deal New science-fiction book set in future where Clinton won MORE (D) are the two most favorable, or “hottest,” politicians in a new national survey.
Christie topped the list with a 53.1 rating on the survey’s “feeling thermometer” while Clinton scored a 52.1.
Quinnipiac University Polling measured the public’s receptiveness to a number of political leaders using a scale from zero to 100 with the higher number representing “the warmer or more favorable” voters felt about a lawmaker.
However, Christie, ranks eighth among Republicans with a score of 59.8, behind a host of other potential GOP presidential contenders. The New Jersey governor leads among Independents.
Paul RyanPaul RyanRepublicans won't vote on ObamaCare repeal bill this week Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Senate's No. 2 Republican: Border tax 'probably dead' MORE tops the list of Republicans with a 68.7 rating.
A Pew poll last week found Christie’s favorability rating trailing with the GOP as well.
Two dark horses to score high on the list are freshman Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate confirms Labor Secretary Acosta Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Warren 'troubled' by Obama's speaking fee MORE (D-Mass.) who ranked third and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general Senate approves Trump's Agriculture chief Dems urge Trump to include Northeast Corridor tunnel project in infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.) who ranked fifth.
President Obama ranked fourth with a 47.6 score. Obama’s rating has dropped nearly 10 points since a similar survey was taken in March 2011.
Unsurprisingly, the Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress bottomed out on the list, with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) coming in last (33.8).
In other surveys, Congress’s approval rating hangs in the low double digits.
The poll surveyed 1,468 national registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.6 percent.