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New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio More Popular Than Obama

Quinnipiac tests the favorability ratings of prominent politicians, with some surprises.

President Obama's second term just got under way, but it's outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who is far more popular, according to a new Quinnipiac poll testing politicians' favorability ratings. Need evidence that House Republicans are unpopular? House Speaker John Boehner sits at the bottom of the list, by far, in terms of net favorability. The poll, which surveyed 1,772 registered voters nationally, was conducted between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Here's how all the nine politicians fared, from most popular to least.


+27 net favorability Clinton is flying high after leaving Foggy Bottom and returning to private life. As she decides whether run for president in 2016, she'll have political capital to spend. 


+12 net favorability Sen. Marco Rubio's net favorability is high, but 57 percent of those asked said they didn't know enough about him to weigh in. Rubio, who proposed a bipartisan approach to immigration legislation with seven of his Senate colleagues, is among the Republicans mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

+10 net favorability John Kerry, the former Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator, is heading into his time at State with the blessing of both Democrats and Republicans. Kerry sailed through the nomination process on a 94-3 vote. 


+5 net favorability Obama's net favorability rating had been upside-down in the Quinnipiac University poll, rebounding this month. But his job-approval rating is middling, with only 46 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving.

+5 net favorability Vice President Joe Biden is tied with the president in this list, but well behind Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 rival.

-2 net favorability Being Mitt Romney's running mate has not helped Paul Ryan's image.

-4 net favorability Sixty-seven percent did not know enough to weigh in on Obama's pick for secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, who had a rough confirmation hearing last week and whose confirmation senators are holding up. 

-4 net favorability The Bush family name could be keeping Jeb, the former two-term governor of Florida, from being more popular. He's been a leader on immigration and education reform since leaving political office.

-22 net favorability The House Republicans' conservative caucus isn't helping the image of its leader, Speaker John Boehner. Seventy-two percent of Americans disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, according to the poll. 

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