Quinnipiac Thermometer Cooling on Christie, Hot on Hillary, Warren

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Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 03:44 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is no longer the "hottest politician in the nation," according to a Quinnipiac University "National Thermometer" reading, as voter opinions of him are cool thanks to the Bridge-gate scandal.

Christie scored a chilly 45.2 degrees in Quinnipiac's March 26-31 poll,  which surveyed  1,578 American voters about politicians.

The governor's "temperature" dropped him from January's rankings as the then-hottest politician in the country when he scored a 55.5 degree temperature.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranks as the second-hottest politician in the country. In January her national temperature was 48.5 degrees, but by March, she cooled slightly to 47.8 degrees, with only 1 percent of voters saying they don't know enough about her.

The surprise winner was U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat. She was No. 1 at 48.6 degrees, even though almost half of the voters responding said they don't know enough about her to form an opinion.

"One of the worst winters in memory leaves New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie shivering as he drops from hot to chilly in the minds of America's voters," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

"Secretary Hillary Clinton holds her own as some of the Republicans who topped the National Thermometer in January also cool in the frozen winds of winter," he said. While many don't know much about Warren, he said, those who do "give her a warm embrace," he said.

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan came in at third place with 47.4 degrees and 20 percent who don't know enough about him; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, was fourth with 47.1 degrees and 53 percent don't-know-enough measure; and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was fifth with 46.6 degrees and a don’t-know-enough measure of 54 percent.

The "mean temperatures" for other politicians with name recognition factors of 50 percent or more were as follows:
● U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida – 46.3 degrees
● Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – 46.1
● U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky – 45.7 degrees
● Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – 44.7 degrees
● Vice President Joe Biden – 42.7 degrees
● U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – 42.5 degrees
● New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – 41.2 degrees
● Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania – 40.9 degrees
● Texas Gov. Rick Perry – 40.2 degrees
● Former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont – 40.1 degrees

Not surprisingly, Democrats had warmer feelings for Clinton, giving her a score of 78.7 degrees, followed by Biden with 65.7 degrees, Warren with 63.9 degrees, Dean with 57 degrees and Cuomo with 55.6 degrees.

Walker is the hottest leader among Republicans, scoring 69.6 degrees. Huckabee was also warm, at 67.6 degrees; Jindal at 67.2 degrees; and Ryan, with 66.6 degrees; and Cruz at 66 degrees.

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