Christie receives 'hottest' title
March 7th, 2011
08:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Christie receives 'hottest' title

Washington (CNN) - Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nabbed the "hottest politician" title among those in elected office, according to a new national survey.

First lady Michelle Obama received 60 degrees on the "feeling thermometer," followed by 59.2 degrees for former President Bill Clinton and 57 degrees for Christie in a new Quinnipiac University poll that asked voters to rate their feelings about politicians and national figures from 0 to 100 degrees.

However, 55 percent of those surveyed did not know enough about Christie to form an opinion, which is significantly higher than the four percent for Michelle Obama and two percent for Clinton.

President Barack Obama garnered 56.5 degrees, beating former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at 52.3 degrees, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 51.8 degrees and House Speaker John Boehner at 51.1 degrees.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received the "coolest" rating from voters with 32.9 degrees. With 34.8 degrees, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was second from the bottom, below former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 38.2 degrees and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 42.7 degrees.

Among potential 2012 presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received the "hottest" degree rating with 50.4 degrees ahead of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. Twenty-three percent did not know enough about Romney to form an opinion, a lower rating than the 67 percent for Pawlenty and 84 percent for Huntsman.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, mogul Donald Trump, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour received lower ratings.

The survey of 1,887 registered voters between February 21th and 28th had a sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    How did Christie receive the HOTTEST @ 57 degrees when "... 55 percent of those surveyed did not know enough about Christie to form an opinion..."??????????????????????????????????

    Also, what made me read this article in the first place was the word HOTTEST – which would mean "attractive", "cute", "handsome", etc.?????????????????? WTF (and it's not "Win the Future")!!!

    March 7, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. joe

    Who is this biggg eater,anyway. He sure is,nt hurting for food cash! Huh! Just another Corporate Puppet folks,don,t get all worked-up Repugs. We,ll vote him out! Thats if we can afford gas to get to the polls!!!!! I have to ask the repubs,"When do the "Soup Lines" begin?

    March 7, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. annie s

    The hottest? This has to be the all time stupidest political poll ever.

    March 7, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. mgc florida

    I continue to be amazed for the unearned love for this guy who so far has done nothing but talk. How about we wait for results and maybe just maybe he is what he says he is but for now. actions speak louder than words.

    March 7, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. AEK

    When the Americans in our country who actually work in the factories, protect our cities and teach our children finally quit watching Fox News and start voting from the perspective of their diminishing livelihood, the likes of Mr. Christie and his buddies in Ohio and Wisconsin will be looking for work themselves. As Abe so eloquently said, "You can fool..." The Republicans and their mouthpiece, Fox, are not the least bit interested in the middle class and working poor and there will come a time when they are held responsible for taking the working folk back in time forty years in an effort to serve their corporate masters.

    March 7, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. chad

    Real thoughtful analysis, CNN. Your goal of being the TMZ of world and national news is well in sight.

    March 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Does this mean people think he's a flaming weasel?

    Chris Christie is a demagogue – that's all, no more, no less. He wouldn't be as easily led as was Bush by a Machiavellian Vice President, but he would do and say anything to gather power to himself. The press is in love with him because they think he's Perry Mason (and he was a good guy). Stupid press.

    March 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. ST

    This man has not done anything for the nation, just only the people of New Jersey. Polling the rest of the country because of NJ does not make much logic! Surveyors need to get the meaning of what they are doing!

    March 7, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Christieisabloatedmoron

    hahahah "Hottest!" Way to make a play on words CNN!

    March 7, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Larry L

    The Republican freak show continues... Let's see one of them, just one of them, step up and offer pragmatic solutions for Americas critical problems. Let them leave behind all of the hot-button, social morality prattle and man-up to real issues like jobs, the shrinking middle-class, energy dependence, health care costs, Social Security, immigration, and controlling the deficit without sending us into an irreversible depression. No more circus clowns – just serious adults with knowledge and character!

    March 7, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Roscoe

    Hot, like Fred Flintstone. Balance the budget and I'll reconsider. Talk is cheap.

    March 7, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Marie MD

    Oh,oh! That's going to tick off the AK Independent Party and their mirinic plant. Their leader was very proud back on October of 2007 calling what's her face the hottest governor from the coldest state. Ask his wife she was NOT too happy when he shouted it out to the members. Then again, the ex everything is no longer anything.
    I bet these people are confusing this tub of lard as the hottest with Florida's ex goveernor. it can' t be this guy!!!

    March 7, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Bubba

    Ho-hum. Yawn. Snore. What exciting news. Next they'll give a prize for 'Best Facial Tic' or 'Greasiest Hair;' Santorum would win THAT one for sure.

    March 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    He has a lot of good qualities. Whether he can be president or not, is another matter.

    Of course, there HAS TO BE a change, so everyone is going to running.

    March 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. The reality is...

    So when the 55% know enough about Christie we may assume that he will more than top the list.

    March 7, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. janedoe

    I really don't like Christie either. He's just like the other Republicans. Take from the poor and give to the rich. He hasn't raised taxes on the highest earning people. Same agenda as Walker slower about showing it all.

    March 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. middle class union buster

    Christie is just another tea party favorite that is attacking middle class unions...
    My hope is that the unions raise up and fight like they have so many times in the past against the tea party and
    corporate power and greed.

    March 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And this is news how?

    March 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Zip

    Just don't let him beat you to the buffet line.

    March 7, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Katie

    So disgustingly overweight and rude and disrespectful is "hot"? Not in my book.

    March 7, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. john

    Christie is a typical republican, no new ideas, tax cuts for the rich and screw everybody else. He should skip a meal once in a while too.

    March 7, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Rene SF

    who the hell is being polled?! i could care less what this fat cow has to say! just waiting to see if the fat around his heart will squeeze any sense to his brain!

    March 7, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. roro

    He should have been rated below freezing because that's what he's doing to New Jersey – freezing us all out of the political process by behaving like the state is a monarchy and he's the king. And as far as being the "hottest", have you actually seen the man – SO NOT HOT!

    March 7, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Bob McCoy

    Fifty-seven degrees is not hot!

    March 7, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    "Hottest" "Coolest" ... what are we, in high school?

    This is the problem with American politics – and why weren't getting our fannies whipped economically! We've got a voting public who spends more time researching who they'll pick on American Idol than who will govern.

    And consequently, we end up with Republicans who'd sooner sell us all down the river than actually DO something to help get our nation back on track economically (do other than propose the same old tried-and-failed policies, that is).

    March 7, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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