Poll: Clinton, Huckabee Top "Favorable" List for 2016

Poll: Clinton, Huckabee Top "Favorable" List for 2016

By Michael Cipriano - July 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton is the best known and most well liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a Gallup poll.

More than nine in 10 Americans are familiar with and have an opinion of the former first lady and secretary of state, awarding Clinton with a net favorable rating of plus-19.

Clinton trumps the other four Democrats in the survey: Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. While 80 percent of Americans have an opinion of Biden, he earned the lowest net favorable rating among the Democrats of minus-4 points.

Americans have a slightly favorable view of Warren and Cuomo, who earned scores of plus-4 and plus-3 points, respectively. However, only 38 percent have an opinion of Warren compared to 51 percent for Cuomo. O’Malley was the least-known of all 16 potential candidates, and had a net favorable rating of minus-2.

On the GOP side, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appears to be in the best position, with a familiarity score of 54 percent and a net favorable rating of plus-12. He holds a small edge in favorability over Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (plus-9) and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (plus-8). Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal all received favorability scores of plus-6.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – once considered the GOP frontrunner for 2016 -- was among the most well known of the 11 Republican candidates in the poll, but scored a lower favorable rating of plus-1. Christie’s popularity took a hit after members of his administration ordered lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, allegedly as part of a political retribution scheme against Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in his 2013 re-election campaign.

The national survey of 1,013 adults was conducted July 7-10 with a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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