Poll: Warren and Clinton hot; Christie cools off
April 3rd, 2014
08:43 AM ET
5 months ago

Poll: Warren and Clinton hot; Christie cools off

(CNN) - Freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the hottest politician in the country right now, according to a new national poll.

The latest edition of Quinnipiac University's National Thermometer, released Thursday, also indicates that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains hot, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is cooling off.

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The poll asks voters nationwide to rate their feelings towards political leaders by choosing any number between 0 to 100, with the higher the number, the warmer or more favorable voters feel about that political leader.

Topping Quinnipiac's latest thermometer is Warren, with a mean temperature of 48.6 degrees. But nearly half of those questioned did not know enough about the Democratic senator from Massachusetts to form an opinion. Warren, a favorite with many in the progressive wing of the Democratic party, has said she won't run for President in 2016.

Recognition not a problem when it comes to Hillary Clinton, as only one percent didn't know enough about her to form an opinion. The former secretary of state, who's seriously considering a second run for the Democratic presidential nomination, came in second at 47.8 degrees.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, was third, at 47.4 degrees, followed by two Republican governors, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana at 47.1 degrees and Wisconsin's Scott Walker at 46.6 degrees. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was in sixth place at 46.3 degrees, followed by 2008 Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 46.1 degrees and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 45.7 degrees.

Christie, the GOP governor of New Jersey, who along with the above mentioned Republicans, is mulling a 2016 bid for the White House, came in ninth at 45.2 degrees. That's down from 55.5 degrees in Quinnipiac's early January poll, which Christie topped.

That January survey came out just as the George Washington Bridge controversy was beginning to grab national headlines. Garden State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's Office are looking into allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams last September by closing access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to politically punish that town's mayor for not endorsing the governor's 2013 re-election.

Christie has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred, and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. Last week a review commissioned by Christie's administration cleared the New Jersey governor of any wrongdoing in the bridge controversy, which has put a cloud over his political future.

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The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 26-31, with 1,578 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Elizabeth Warren • Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    --I don't know whether Elizabeth is ready for vp.

    April 3, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    Ms. Warren is east coast smart with that folksy, "aw-shucks", midwestern tenor by which the elite-phobic, marginal Fox-lite viewers are not intimidated. Would love to see her nominating the next 3 replacements to the Supreme Court.

    April 3, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Tommy G

    Warren??? The woman who lied about her Indian ancestry? The woman who has never led or run anything in her ENTIRE LIFE? The woman who was being paid over $300,000 a year to teach one course at Harvard? The woman is to the left of Fidel Castro? Why yes, of course the far left progressive/socialist/communist coalition in the Democrat Party would love her. And I am sure she would also be far more flexible with her comrade Vladimir Putin in any of his future endeavors.

    April 3, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. just saying

    Gurgyl
    –I don't know whether Elizabeth is ready for vp.
    ---

    she isn't qualified to clean the bathrooms at the white house. she is also another proven liar. after obama, do we need anymore liars of the year in the oval office?

    April 3, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. just asking

    what are warren's achievements in life? here, let me list them for you.

    1.

    well, that didn't take long. the dog catcher in her home town has more qualifications. the democrat party seems to have two major league dinosaurs (one nuttier than most people under commitment and one an accessory to the murder of 4 americans) and a bunch of do nothings like warren ready to run for office.

    April 3, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the hottest politician in the country right now, according to a new national poll.
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    Must be those conservative suits she wears so well.

    April 3, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That would be a very hot and interesting ticket: Clinton/Warren.

    April 3, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. it must be said

    If
    If Hitler were alive and running for the GOP nomination, he would win it.
    --

    Hitler belonged to the National Socialist Party

    Clearly, he would have been a Democrat were he alive. Everybody knows the Republicans don't like Socialism.

    As usual, lefties don't know their history.

    April 3, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Dead Bear

    @just saying and Tommy G... The biggest liars in politics are in your party. Thankfully most people aren't stupid enough to believe anything that comes out of their mouths. You two, on the other hand...

    April 3, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. smith

    The "You didn`t build that business", lady is the hotshot right now. Wow, slim pickins for the dems currently.

    April 3, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    --just saying, well, we were totally stupid that are not even qualified to be cooks in WH, such as Bush-2, and Reagan that made a huge destruction with un-needed Wars for just revenge, un-thinkable Trickle-downs. Haven't we put those crooks in WH. Yes, this Economy is recuperating–nonetheless GOP does not accept–stock-market is live proof, dollar is getting strong, employment is better to no wars.

    April 3, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. ChrisM

    Yep, I would vote for Warren over anything the Repubs have to offer. Krispy is toast or should I say I smell bacon!

    April 3, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Elizabeth Warren is the Lioness of the Senate and the next great thing from the Democrat Party.

    April 3, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. just asking

    warren's achievements and qualifications??? anybody??? buehler? buehler??

    April 3, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Chief Straight Arrow

    Lying Dog Warren speak with forked tongue. She no Indian. She pale face Indian wannabee. Chief Straight Arrow say don't vote for forked tongue Indian wannabee, save vote and vote for real Indian someday.

    April 3, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Well,
    Laverne and Shirley they ain't. I wonder how much longer some of you are going to need your Nanny? Here are two of them for you. Drink up.

    April 3, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Standing up against Wall St. and fighting for the middle class is a good thing. Haven't you heard?

    April 3, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Hitler belonged to the National Socialist Party

    Clearly, he would have been a Democrat were he alive. Everybody knows the Republicans don't like Socialism.
    -------------------------
    Actually, everybody knows that most Republicans don't know that they promote socialist policies. Hitler promoted gun ownership for everyone, except for the Jews. Hitler promoted national pride and unity. Hitler promoted his own definition of family and moral values. Sounds uncannily like the right wing, doesn't it?

    April 3, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. just asking

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House
    Standing up against Wall St. and fighting for the middle class is a good thing. Haven't you heard?
    ---

    so didn't all those occupy wall street squatter, rapists and losers. i suppose you'd put them in the white house too?

    April 3, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    If wrote

    But both Hitler and the GOP want to "control the world" and "get rid of undesirables" (such as the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people). So he'd make a great GOP nomination. National Socialist Party was just a name.
    ---------------------
    Isn't it curious how much right wing extremists have in common with the likes of Hitler and Marx? It certainly goes a long way in explaining why is it that neo-Nazi groups gravitate toward the right wing in this country. Most conservatives, like Paul Ryan, who fell in love with the writings of Ayn Rand don't realize that she had fallen in love with the writings of Karl Marx's visions of capitalist imperialism. It's what inspired her to write "Atlas Shrugged".

    And, then they turn around and try to project all of that stuff onto liberals. Americans are not fooled by it, at least not me.

    April 3, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    Tommy G – So where is the PROOF??? There is none. He said, she said is not proof. This woman needs to produce proof of her allegations or go away because at this point she is on a Democrat Party smear mission.
    The Democrat witch hunt continues, wasting tens of millions of taxpayer money.
    ----------------------------
    It's not so funny now that the shoe is on the other foot, is it Tommy boy?? Intelligent Americans have been asking the same questions about Issa's TAXPAYER FUNDED witch hunts – Benghazi, IRS, Solyndra.. whine, whine, whine. Replace Democrat with Republican if the above and it sounds about the same..

    April 3, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. tom l

    Actually, everybody knows that most Republicans don't know that they promote socialist policies. Hitler promoted gun ownership for everyone, except for the Jews. Hitler promoted national pride and unity. Hitler promoted his own definition of family and moral values. Sounds uncannily like the right wing, doesn't it?
    ===

    Even for you that's a new low. Truly offensive and disgusting. Why do you feel the need to make such incredibly offensive remarks?

    And to anyone else that references Hitler, you should be ashamed of yourself. No politician in the U.S., no matter how much you disagree with that person, resembles Hitler. Shame on you.

    April 3, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @it must be said –
    If
    If Hitler were alive and running for the GOP nomination, he would win it.
    -

    Hitler belonged to the National Socialist Party

    Clearly, he would have been a Democrat were he alive. Everybody knows the Republicans don't like Socialism.
    --------------------------
    That might have some meaning, but most Republicans wouldn't recognize socialism if they fell over it. It's a buzzword for big government fear. But they do love fascism.

    April 3, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |