Hillary Clinton remains one of the most positively viewed political figures, according to a new poll that tested the popularity of several potential 2016 presidential candidates. About 56 percent of adults surveyed said they had a positive opinion of Clinton versus 29 percent who view her negatively, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.
Those numbers top President Barack Obama, who is viewed positively by 47 percent and negatively by 42 percent.
On the Republican side, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky – both potential presidential candidates – are closely matched in popularity. Rubio is viewed positively by 28 percent of adults compared to Paul's 27 percent. About 16 percent of people say they have a negative view of Rubio versus 23 percent for Paul.
Many expect the former Secretary of State's favorables to drop, though, were she to declare a run for office. And both Rubio and Paul are less known to the national audience, meaning they have more potential for growing – or losing – support.
Rubio and Paul are seen as rising stars in their party, with Rubio about to go on a media blitz promoting an immigration reform package he helped craft and Paul making a high-profile appearance at Howard University in an attempt to reach out to black voters.
George W. Bush remains an unpopular figure, according to the poll. About 35 percent of people say they have a positive opinion of him versus 44 percent who have a negative one.
The poll surveyed 1,000 adults from April 5 to April 8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.