New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (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 Ryan 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 Warren (D-Mass.) who ranked third and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (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 Reid (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.