New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the “hottest” political figure in the country, according to a new temperature poll.
Voters were asked to give politicians a number from 0-100 representing how they feel about that figure, with 0 being least favorable, or coldest, and 100 being most favorable, or warmest, in the new Quinnipiac survey on Monday.
Christie’s mean score was 53.1, topping the heap. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in a close second, at 52.1 degrees, and third was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), at 49.2 degrees, although 51 percent of voters did not know enough about her to make a judgment.
President Barack Obama was fourth, at 47.6.
Christie’s next possible 2016 GOP challengers on the list were Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), at 46.8 degrees, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), at 46.5.
At the bottom of the list were the four congressional leaders: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at 38.4; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at 37.5; House Speaker John Boehner at 36.7; and, in last place, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at 33.8.
The potential Republican 2016 field fared far differently when the question was limited to Republican voters, however. Christie dropped to eighth most popular in that survey, with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) atop the pile at 68.7 degrees. Cruz, Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Sen. Rick Santorum came in above Christie, all with at least 60 degrees. Christie was at 59.8 degrees among Republicans.