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Hillary Clinton favourite politico in US

09 February 2013, 09:29

Washington - She may be fresh out of a job, but Hillary Clinton is currently the most popular political figure in America, well ahead of President Barack Obama, who is slipping, a poll published on Friday found.

Clinton, who stepped down last month as Obama's secretary of state, enjoys a 61% favourability among US voters compared with a 34% unfavourable rating, according to a survey by Quinnipiac University.

Obama, who beat Clinton to the Democratic nomination in 2008 and took the White House, had a positive-negative favourability of 51-46 percent.

But the president's job approval numbers were tagged at 46%-45%, a slide from the 53%-40% figures he scored in December after his re-election victory.

"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," Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac's polling institute, said in a statement.

The poll, which surveyed 1 772 registered voters, will feed in to swirling speculation about Clinton's 2016 presidential ambitions.

The Democrat has so far said she has no plans to re-enter politics, saying she wants to rest and spend more time with her family after two decades in the public spotlight.

Political pundits, however, assert that the former first lady's renowned drive and experience could lead her to pursue a second White House bid.

Other notables in the Quinnipiac poll included Vice President Joe Biden, who had a 46%-41% favourability rating.

However Republican House Speaker John Boehner scored a dismal 20%-42%, and rising Republican star Senator Marco Rubio came in at 27%-15%, with 57% of the poll's respondents saying they did not know enough about him.



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