Published February 13, 2013
The latest Fox News poll asks the simple question, “Would this person make a good president?”
Out of a dozen potential 2016 candidates, the top two picks are women -- and former secretaries of state: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Condoleezza Rice.
Clinton is the only one who garners a positive response from a majority of voters. The new poll, released Wednesday, finds 55 percent think she would be a good president, up from 50 percent who thought so in 2006.
For Rice, 43 percent of voters say she would be good. That’s down from 47 percent when the question was last asked in 2006.
Clinton and Rice are followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (37 percent), Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (37 percent) and Vice President Joe Biden (35 percent).
About a quarter of voters think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (26 percent) and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (25 percent) would be good occupants of the Oval Office. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (16 percent) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (16 percent) also received double-digit support.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (6 percent), Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (6 percent) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (5 percent) are mostly unknown to voters nationally.
Overall, Biden and Bush are the candidates who have the largest number of voters saying they would not make a good president (59 percent and 56 percent respectively).
Clinton (62 percent) and Rice (44 percent) capture more support among women voters than any of the other figures tested.
They are also the top picks among men voters: 47 percent think Clinton would make a good president and 42 percent feel that way about Rice. Ryan (40 percent), Christie (39 percent) and Biden (35 percent) are close behind among men.
Clinton is also the candidate who receives the highest level of support from his or her own party. She would be a good president in the eyes of 83 percent of self-identified Democrats, while with 62 percent support Ryan receives the most backing among self-described Republicans.
Among Democrats, Clinton is followed by Biden (60 percent), Cuomo (25 percent), Patrick (8 percent) and O’Malley (6 percent).
Among Republicans, Rice comes in second to Ryan at 54 percent. She’s followed closely by Bush at 47 percent, Christie at 43 percent and Rubio at 41 percent. Jindal is the only other Republican to receive double-digit support (24 percent).
Ryan (59 percent) and Rice (55 percent) both receive majority backing among self-described very conservative voters.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,010 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 4 to February 6. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.