Hillary Clinton’s popularity higher than Obama’s

President Obama may have defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, but after one term in the White House, he now trails her in a new popularity poll.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 61 percent have a favorable view Clinton, while only 34 percent have an unfavorable view.

Obama’s numbers are 51 percent favorable and 46 percent unfavorable.

The poll also said that Obama “has a split 46-45 percent job approval ... down from 53-40 percent approval among registered voters in December, a month after his re-election.”

Clinton, who recently retired from the Secretary of State job and may seek the presidency again in 2016, has higher approval ratings than other national figures, Quinnipiac reported.

Some other favorable/unfavorable ratings:

46-41 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden.

25-29 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 45 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.

20-42 percent for House Speaker John Boehner.

27-15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 57 percent who don’t know enough.

34-36 percent for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

43-33 percent for new Secretary of State John Kerry.

14-18 percent for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, with 67 percent who don’t know enough about him.

“Hillary Clinton ends her term as Secretary of State and the bruising inquiry into the Benghazi murders as easily the most popular actor on the American political stage today,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“The difference in favorability ratings for the two leaders lies in Clinton’s ability to win thumbs up from many more independent voters and Republicans than does the president,” he said. “The lower approval numbers for the president could be because once the election afterglow is gone, governing inevitably requires decisions that make some voters unhappy.”

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