Q-poll shows Christie, Hillary as “hottest” politicians in US

posted at 10:01 am on August 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This, of course, depends on your definition of hotQuinnipiac’s poll today takes the political temperature of presumed 2016 presidential contenders without actually measuring support for their potential bids.  The top two contenders don’t exactly surprise, but the story changes when looking at the intraparty results:

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the hottest politicians on today’s Quinnipiac University Thermometer of voter attitudes toward the nation’s major political figures. The four lowest scores went to the congressional leaders of both parties. A surprise third place on the Thermometer goes to newly-elected Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, although 51 percent of voters don’t know enough about her to rate her.

Christie, at 53.1 degrees on the Thermometer, Clinton, at 52.1 degrees, and Warren, at 49.2 degrees, are hotter than President Barack Obama, at 47.6 degrees, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. In another surprise, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand matches Obama’s heat with 47.6 degrees, although 75 percent of voters don’t know enough about her to take her temperature.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas scores 46.8 degrees, with 60 percent offering no opinion.

The ratings scale seems to follow in general the amount of press people get for their 2016 prospects. Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie get the most attention, so it’s not exactly surprising to see them get the highest ratings on the scale. Their relative closeness to the rest of the pack is the bigger takeaway. Ted Cruz is just six-plus points back from Christie, five-plus back from Hillary, and almost as hot at the President of the United States? The first-term Senator from Texas has to be pleased by that measurement.

That changes when looking at the intraparty results, however, and dramatically on the GOP side.  Hillary still tops the chart with Democrats at 77.7%, eight points above Joe Biden and 12 above Warren. Andrew Cuomo gets a tepid 55%, while Maryland governor Martin O’Malley kicks off his 2016 bid at 53.7%.  Among Republicans, though, Christie doesn’t finish with the gold medal — and in fact doesn’t even come close:

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Christie drops to eighth place, well off the place set by Cruz and Marco Rubio, whose popularity hasn’t dimmed much.  Among Republicans, Christie falls behind Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum, and only barely surpasses Bobby Jindal.  Jindal and Santorum have barely been in the news at all of late, although Santorum did say yesterday that he’s “open” to a 2016 run.  Assuming all or even some of these Republicans toss their hats in the ring for 2016′s nomination, Christie is hardly a “hot” candidate at all.

Of the group ahead of Christie, keep an eye on Scott Walker, who also gets little press these days.  Assuming he wins his re-election bid — and 2014 should be a good year for Republicans — Walker will have six years at the helm of a state, with real conservative reform on his resumé and a strong connection to the Midwest that will only help in Iowa.  Republicans looking for conservative executive accomplishment in their next candidate will naturally gravitate toward either Walker or Jindal rather than Christie or Bush.


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Then we are truly screwed…

sandee on August 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Q-poll shows Christie, Hillary as “hottest” politicians in US

Pants on fire will do that.

Flange on August 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“hottest” politicians

A Fat and Furious guy, and an Old Gray mare.

What a country.

faraway on August 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Hillary? I would have to agree that she’s smokin’ hot.

Just like the embassy in Benghazi.

Gatsu on August 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It is encouraging that Ted Cruz ranks so high. It’s not surprising that the VP nominee with all the name recognition came in first.

Fenris on August 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Walker will have six years at the helm of a state, with real conservative reform on his resumé and a strong connection to the Midwest that will only help in Iowa.

When the hell are we going to come to the conclusion that Iowa and New Hampshire are insignificant indicators? They get all sorts of attention and love by aspiring candidates but the results are meaningless.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

And everyone knows how accurate the Q Poll is and has been?
Give me a break.

Delsa on August 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Q-poll shows Christie, Hillary as “hottest” politicians in US

Then America is screwed. People are idiots.

redguy on August 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I bet BillyJeff is so turned on by her now

jaywemm on August 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

That’s nice.

JellyToast on August 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Will Lady Gaga announce next to complete this political 3 ring circus in DC?

?

Kissmygrits on August 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

(taking a DEEP breath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . )
.
IF … they’re only looking at potential “progressive” Presidential candidates for 2016, THEN … I’ll concede that Hillary has more ‘sex-appeal’ than any of the other “progressive” candidates.
.
Huh? … isn’t that what they meant ?

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

We’re f*cked!

ShainS on August 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

An unregenerately corrupt hag and an obese, bullying egocentric. Good for you, America. You deserve exactly what you’re going to get, you morons.

rrpjr on August 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Christie wont win the nomination. He is very anti-gun.

Johnnyreb on August 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Wow! that’s an Alluring pic of Hillary….

..I’d hit it…….with a Cement Mixer.

ToddPA on August 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

When the hell are we going to come to the conclusion that Iowa and New Hampshire are insignificant indicators? They get all sorts of attention and love by aspiring candidates but the results are meaningless.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

the results arent meaningless, but not in the way you think i mean, the person who win’s iowa/new hampshire isnt the issue. it’s that some good candidates lose financial support after a bad showing in those states and cant continue. this whole showboating, let some states act the diva and grab the spotlight needs to be stopped. especially when’s its lamea$$ small states just trying to make themselves relevant

chasdal on August 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I actually like Chris Christie a lot, but it seems the MSM is determined to make me really sick of him before election season.

Chuckles3 on August 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Poll conducted at the Berditzman School For The Blind.

Bishop on August 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

…I’ve heard….H E 1 1…is hot!

KOOLAID2 on August 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I’m hoping the people polled would also answer the question: “what do you think about Benghazi?”

“What movie was Ben Gazzi in?”

Otherwise we are truly fracked.

tru2tx on August 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Christie and Hillary are virtually identical in their positions and beliefs – it is going to be an epic ‘Battle of the Blubber’ when they begin fighting each other for the democrat nomination.

Pork-Chop on August 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Two of the most unappealing people on the planet to be leaders of the free world. Neither one is trustworthy enough for the job. Neither one is knowledgeable enough for the job. I think it is overly optimistic to think that these two will survive politically until then.

BetseyRoss on August 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Q-poll shows Christie, Hillary as “hottest” politicians in US

It’s probably true. Very heavy people due tend to throw off a lot of heat. They wear out mattresses quicker too.

Rocks on August 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I’ve been assured that it will be Madame President now that we’ve had our first black president and it will be a waste of time to even show up to vote.

docflash on August 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I had to re-read the headline.

At first glance I read “fattest.”

Made sense though.

pain train on August 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

This merely gives evidence that self-centered citizens don’t deserve a republic. Did we really fight all those wars, lose all those lives, make all that sacrifice, just to give away our freedom to the likes of these control freaks?

Don L on August 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Wow! that’s an Alluring pic of Hillary….

..I’d hit it…….with a Cement Mixer.

ToddPA on August 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

……………

Poll conducted at the Berditzman School For The Blind.

Bishop on August 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Oh my, I’ve laughed so hard I’ve hurt myself!

tru2tx on August 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I actually like Chris Christie a lot,
Chuckles3 on August 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

how sad :(

chasdal on August 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

No wonder they were bitchin’ and moanin’ about Cruz on Morning Joe today. He scares the heck out of liberals.

Tater Salad on August 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

“What movie was Ben Gazzi in?”

Otherwise we are truly fracked.

tru2tx on August 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Gee, goshes, golly and shucks, weren’t that the one with the kool chariot races? I’ll sure enough vote for thet guy…or his horse, don’t matter much to me–they both won the race.

Don L on August 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Thin may be in..

.. but fat is where it’s at.

Joe Mama on August 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I actually like Chris Christie a lot,
Chuckles3 on August 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

So does his tailor, he gets paid by the yard.

Don L on August 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Of the group ahead of Christie, keep an eye on Scott Walker, who also gets little press these days. Assuming he wins his re-election bid — and 2014 should be a good year for Republicans — Walker will have six years at the helm of a state, with real conservative reform on his resumé and a strong connection to the Midwest that will only help in Iowa. Republicans looking for conservative executive accomplishment in their next candidate will naturally gravitate toward either Walker or Jindal rather than Christie or Bush.

I like Scott Walker, as a Governor, but here’s my question. If Sarah Palin has been hammered because she worked her way through college, taking six years to get her degree, why is the fact that Walker has no college degree never an issue?

NoNails on August 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I actually like Chris Christie a lot,
Chuckles3 on August 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Is that why your nom is chuckles? Chucklehead.

bazil9 on August 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM

.

I think it is overly optimistic to think that these two will survive politically until then.

BetseyRoss on August 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Yeah but they will keep tossing this bone years out for something to gnaw on. Part of the circus show.

bazil9 on August 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I like Scott Walker, as a Governor, but here’s my question. If Sarah Palin has been hammered because she worked her way through college, taking six years to get her degree, why is the fact that Walker has no college degree never an issue?

NoNails on August 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I don’t think that’s true. They did try and nobody cared. Same with Palin, nobody cares. But Palin gets more sensationalized coverage and it’s one in a long list of talking points for her rabid haters. So you may hear about it more. But it’s not really that high up on the list.

Fenris on August 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Here’s an interesting bit of info about Christie.

My family had our annual Summer picnic this last weekend.
When the subject of politics came up, two of my Liberal
siblings BOTH said they like Christie….

…if ANYONE in this country thinks Chris Christie will
get more votes in a Presidential race running as the R candidate,
against the Real thing on the D side, is a FOOL.

The Dems ALWAYS vote for their candidate in a Presidential race.

Christie would do worse than Romney…he would pizz off the R
base, AND lose the Dem vote…the only area he would do well in
is the Independent middle….

..HOORAY!! We got the Moderate vote sealed up!!

ToddPA on August 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Alternative title: Q-poll shows Dumbing Down of American proceeds apace. Americans now about as dumb as they’ve ever been but with no end in sight.

Cleombrotus on August 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Nation also determined to be 51% psychotic by same poll.

(Hillary will be much hotter when she reaches her next destination.)

[Christie wouldn't fit through the portal to the appropriate Circle of Hell for gluttons, so he will have to roll around in the antechamber of Gehenna.]

profitsbeard on August 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM

this whole showboating, let some states act the diva and grab the spotlight needs to be stopped. especially when’s its lamea$$ small states just trying to make themselves relevant

chasdal on August 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

If I’m interested in how candidates will fare in the midwest, I’m looking at Ohio not freakin’ Iowa.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Chris Christie gets most of his support from Democrats that love the fact that he was a Bipartisan (i.e.traitor) and gave Obama a lovefest days before the election so that Christie could get 60 Billion dollars to spend largely on commercials featuring his beautiful (hehe)family being stronger than the storm.

He is in for a big surprise though when his support will evaporate in a general election when all of his “D” supports will vote for the Democrat!

Natebo on August 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

So, no reason to go to the polls this time. Again.

I look forward with much trepidation to The Second Clinton Era.

Hucklebuck on August 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

…He is in for a big surprise though when his support will evaporate in a general election when all of his “D” supports will vote for the Democrat!

Natebo on August 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I’m not sure he would be surprised. Notice he keeps saying he’s not ready to be President.

Fenris on August 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Elephant-sized, together

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM

A pathetic RINO and a woman with nothing under her belt except a cheating husband and lesbian rumors are the hottest politicians in the country?

Waiter, check please…

CrustyB on August 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

They make a lovely couple

jaywemm on August 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

My gawd, a grotesque hog and sow. What a pair.

jqc1970 on August 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Let me get this straight!

We have a vile, mean-spirited woman with an Eva Peron complex who would be better suited being a test pilot in a broom factory.

We have the 2nd Coming of Fatty Arbuckle, a poorly disguised RINO who looks like he is auditioning to be the next official spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill.

And these two are the hottest politicians out there right now? As if this is the absolute very best either party can hoist on the rest of us?

This is what Democracy looks like?!!!!!!

pilamaye on August 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Tell me these polls don’t give New York City way too much weight.

applebutter on August 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Q-poll shows Christie, Hillary as “hottest” politicians in US
…at least the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists have a choice.

TeaPartyNation on August 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I’ve had Walker as my sleeper candidate since he left the door open for a possible run. Of all the candidates in that list, he has the best executive resume. He’s best prepared to effectively articulate conservative principles, not only because he truly believes them, but because he has a record of success to prove it in a traditionally blue state.

Walker/Christie 2012!

ncconservative on August 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Yeah, the thigh rubbing alone between these two could cause a conflagration.

HornetSting on August 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

So the choice of these two were the respective nominees would be Hillary “I’m proud to be a progressive ( even though my husband and I CLAIMED to be ‘Centrists’ until Obama was elected)” or Christie who is nothing more than a Democrat in GOP trappings.

No thanks.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Hey great idea…..lets nominate Progressives like Hillary and Christie and the complain that we got a bigger Federal government!!!!

We really are stupid.

PappyD61 on August 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

2007

US News Media: “John McCain is a maverick willing to buck Republican orthodoxy to find common-sense solutions.”

Polling results: 60% positive

2008

US News Media: “John McCain is a dangerous curmudgeon who’s itching to nuke Iran!”

Polling results: 30% positive

2011

US News Media: “Mitt Romney is a pragmatic conservative willing to buck Republican orthodoxy to find common-sense solutions.”

Polling results: 60% positive

2012

US News Media: “Mitt Romney is a dog-torturing fat cat cultist who wants to kill your grandma and outlaw contraception!”

Polling results: 30% positive

2013

US News Media: “Chris Christie is a jovial problem-solver willing to buck Republican orthodoxy to find common-sense solutions.”

Polling results: 60% positive

Anybody see a pattern here?

rvastar on August 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Their being “hot” now is a good thing. Lots of time to cool off.

Fate hums a mournful tune for those whose campaigns peak too soon.

Ace ODale on August 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I believe the republicans already did this with John McCain…the media and everyone just loved him….until they didn’t.

rebekahhuang on August 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

So, the top four are a RINO, an over-the-hill-do-nothing gas bag, a serial liar, and a communist.

I’m so proud of my country.

Chris of Rights on August 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM