Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to be one of the most popular figures in Washington, even more popular then President Barack Obama himself, according to new polls.
The influential poll out of Quinnipiac University gives the former top American diplomat a 61% favorability rating, according to Huffington Post.
That’s a ten point on Barack Obama, who was up until recently her boss and who just won reelection to the highest office in the land for the second time.
In the telephone poll taken January 30 through February 4, Hillary Clinton also beat out fellow beltway big wigs Vice President Joseph Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and new Secretary of State, John Kerry.
“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 Quinnipiac’s assistant polling director Peter A. Brown told the Huffington Post.
But that has by no means always been the case.
Hillary Clinton’s popularity remained at the current levels basically throughout her tenure as Secretary of State.
However, starting from Hillary Clinton’s time as a first lady maligned by many, due in part to her avid politicking for healthcare reform, she has seen her share of intense public scrutiny, both negative and positive.
The prevailing public view of Hillary Clinton’s ebbed and flowed as she weathered her husband’s high-profile infidelity, ran for and won a U.S. Senate seat, and eventually went on to narrowly lose the 2008 Democratic Presidential, primary.
Now, as Hillary Clinton enters private life with the world wondering if she’ll make 2016 presidential run, she is seeing some of her highest favorability ratings of all time.
That leaves her potential rivals, many of whom this same Quinnipiac poll currently list as less popular, wondering the very same thing.