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Poll: Clinton and Rice top list of who would make a good president

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The last two secretaries of state top a new list that looks towards the next presidential election.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Condoleezza Rice are one and two in a national poll that asks simply whether this “person would make a good president or not?”

Out of a list of a dozen possible 2016 White House hopefuls, 55% of people questioned in a Fox News national survey say that Clinton, who stepped down earlier this month as secretary of state, would make a good president. Forty-two percent said Clinton would not make a good president.

Even though the next presidential campaign is still a long way away, there’s already intense speculation over whether Clinton will make a second bid for president. When asked in a recent CNN interview if she’s decided against another candidacy for president, Clinton responded that “I have absolutely no plans to run.”

But she added that “I am lucky because I’ve been very healthy. I feel great. I’ve got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused, so I’m very fortunate. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life, whatever it is.”

In second place in the survey is Rice, with 43% saying she would make a good president and an equal amount disagreeing. Rice served as national security adviser and then secretary of state under President George W. Bush. Her well received speech at last summer’s Republican convention in Tampa, Florida sparked some speculation that she might have designs on running for president, but she has tamped down on such speculation in interviews.

Following Clinton and Rice in the polls at 37% are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last year’s GOP vice presidential nominee, with Vice President Joe Biden at 35%.

About a quarter questioned in the survey say former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the state’s junior senator, would make good presidents. Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana were at 16%.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick were at 6%, with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 5%.

Breaking down the numbers, 83% of self-identified Democrats questioned say Clinton would make a good president, with Biden in second place at 60%. Among self-identified Republicans, 62% say Ryan would make a good president, with 54% saying the same thing about Rice.

The Fox News poll was conducted Feb. 4-6, with 1,010 people nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

By CNN Political Unit

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