Clinton Left State Higher-Rated Than President Who Put Her There

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers her farewell address to the staff at the State Department on Feb. 1, 2013 in Washington.

Hillary Clinton left Foggy Bottom with higher approval ratings than her former boss, President Barack Obama, and a bunch of politicians mentioned along with her as potential contenders for the White House in 2016.

That’s according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today.

The survey gave Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Obama in 2008, an approval rating of 61 percent, with 34 percent viewing her unfavorably.

Obama had a 51 percent approval rating and a 46 percent disapproval rating, and Vice President Joe Biden was viewed favorably, by 46 percent to 41 percent.  Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, called Clinton “easily the most popular actor on the American political stage today.”

On the Republican side, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida had an approval rating of 27 percent, with 15 percent disapproving and 57 percent saying they didn’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee, was in negative territory, with 36 percent viewing him unfavorably and 34 percent holding a favorable opinion.

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