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Quinnipiac: Chris Christie Most Favorable Candidate From Either Party

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Thermometer Score

  • Christie: 55.5
  • Huckabe: 51
  • Warren: 50.7
  • Jindal: 49.6
  • Walker: 49.2
  • Clinton: 48.5
  • Rubio: 47.1
  • Paul: 47.1
  • Ryan: 46.7
  • Bush: 45.1
  • Cruz: 43.9
  • Biden: 43.7
  • Cuomo: 43
  • Santorum: 41
  • Schweitzer: 40.6

Quinnipiac’s first “Presidential Thermometer” poll of the year has found that Americans have a more favorable view of Chris Christie than any other potential presidential candidate in either party. The “thermometer” poll asks respondents to rate their feeling on candidates from 0 to 100.

The poll, conducted between January 4 and January 7, sampling 1,487 registered voters, found that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has the highest thermometer score of any candidate with an average of 55.5. That’s up from a mean score of 53 that Christie saw last summer when this poll was last conducted. It’s important to note, however, that the poll was conducted before Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal which will certainly have a negative effect on his poll numbers in the immediate future.

Coming in second was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with an average score of 51. That’s not surprising as the 2008 presidential candidate has always seen high favorable ratings, even among Democrats.

Coming in third was Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with an average score of 50.7, something of a surprise considering she trails Hillary Clinton by 50+ points in primary polling. Warren is a freshman Senator, however, and 46 percent of respondents said they don’t know enough about her to form an opinion.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished fourth with an average score of 49.6, up from 45.2 last summer. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had a score of 49.2, much higher than the 41 he saw when the poll was last conducted in July.

Hillary Clinton did not fair well as she received a mean score of 48.5, considerably down from 52.1 last summer. Worse, among independents, she registered just a 46.8. By comparison, Christie received a 56.7 mean score among independents.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished behind Hillary with a score of 47.1. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also received a 47.1. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan scored a 46.7, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush scored a 45.1, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz registered a mean score of 43.9.

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