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by David Jackson, USA TODAY


President Obama may have defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, but after one term in the White House he now trails her in a new popularity poll.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 61% have a favorable view Clinton, while only 34% have an unfavorable view.

Obama's numbers are 51% favorable and 46% unfavorable.

The poll also said that Obama "has a split 46-45% job approval ... down from 53-40% approval among registered voters in December, a month after his re-election."

Clinton, who recently retired from the Secretary of State job and may seek the presidency again in 2016, has higher approval ratings than other national figures, Quinnipiac reported.

Some other favorable/unfavorable ratings:

46-41% for Vice President Joseph Biden;

25-29% for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 45% who don't know enough about him to form an opinion;

20-42% for House Speaker John Boehner;

27-15% for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 57% who don't know enough;

34-36% for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan;

43-33% for new Secretary of State John Kerry;

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