The New Secretary Of State: Kerry Has "Big Heels" To Fill

February 08, 2013, 5:00 PM GMT+0

(Week of 2/2/2013) As John Kerry took office last week as the country’s new Secretary of State, he noted he had “big heels” to fill —those of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The latest Economist/YouGov Poll indicates he was right. Far fewer Americans hold a favorable view of Kerry than of Clinton.

Just over a third of Americans have a favorable rating of Kerry, while 41% are unfavorable. A majority have a positive view of Clinton. And, as has been the case for a while, more have a favorable view of Clinton than of President Barack Obama. But Kerry may be able to make up some ground here. Nearly one in four admit they haven’t yet formed an opinion of Kerry; only 12% have no opinion about the former First Lady.