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Giuliani, Obama top new opinion poll; Kerry last

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Published: Monday November 27, 2006

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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is tops in a new poll measuring the "likeability" among registered voters of American political figures, many of whom are potential 2008 presidential candidates.

Quinnipiac has releasted its latest "quarterly reading of voter sentiment about national leaders" in which Giuliani placed first with a 64.2 mean score. Sen. Barack Obama led all Democrats and was second overall with a score of 58.8.

Other prominent names in the poll:

  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a top GOP contender for the White House in 2008, placed third overall with 57.7 score;
  • Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was first among women, scoring 56.1 in fourth overall place, while Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was behind in ninth place with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) placing twelfth;
  • Former president Bill Clinton was fifth, while current president George W. Bush was fifteenth out of twenty names; Quinnipiac noted that one percent of respondents "did not know enough about [the president] to rate him or her."
  • Interestingly, Sen. Joe Lieberman, who survived a primary loss in his Senate race but won as an independent in the general election, placed sixth in the Quinnipiac poll--a boost in light of a recent rumor that he too might run for president in 2008.

    Sen. John Kerry, perhaps still feeling the effect of his "botched joke" last month, came in last in the poll with a score of 39.6.

    Complete poll data can be viewed here.