Christie receives 'hottest' title
March 7th, 2011
08:35 AM ET
12 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.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Polls
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. AC

    I give Christie 99 for Glutton of the year. One of the 7 deadly sins and its got to be gluttony!

    March 7, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |

    Being "Hot" is a fad.......

    March 7, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. chris is so funny that now it seems the media hype is on Chris Christie and Palin is no where to be found. The media will do anything to sell papers, I mean this guy has already said he is not interested in the office. Yet the good ole media will covertly, send information out to temp him to run. He will not run until he loose weight!!

    March 7, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    Pelosi and Reid have been at room temperature for quite some time.

    March 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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