GALLUP: Obama Scores High on ‘Thermometer,’ Clinton Leaves Many ‘Cold’

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By: E&P Staff

It’s still only 2007, already the candidates have been measured on practically every scale. Now Gallup has borrowed one it calls the “feeling thermometer” rating scale. And Sen. Barack Obama wins the race for warmth while Sen. Hillary Clinton leaves many “cold.”

Gallup said today that it recently tested the public images of several of the Republican and Democratic candidates running for president. “Of these, only one — Barack Obama — stirs up warm feelings in a majority of Americans,” it found. But “Clinton’s image is the most polarized of this group: nearly as many Americans say she leaves them cold as say they feel warmly toward her.”

Obama scores “total warm” with 53%, and “total cold” with 28%. Clinton, on the other hand, seemed warm to 49% but cold to 44%. Sen. John Edwards scored 47% warm and 32% cold.

On the GOP side, Rudy Giuliani topped field with 50% warmth and 31% cold. Gallup said that Fred Thompson’s 30% “warm” score was actually pretty good, given he is not yet so well known.

Gallup said that this is not a new concept: National Elections Studies came up with the idea of asking Americans to rate candidates on how they feel about them, from 0 to 100.

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