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Hillary Clinton's popularity reaches new heights, poll finds

Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, has a record favorability rating of 65 percent, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press availability at the conclusion of the G8 Ministerial April 12, 2012 at the Blair House in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton's popularity has reached new heights, according to the most recent Washington Post/ABC News poll

Clinton's current favorability rating is 65 percent, the highest mark that the Secretary of State has ever reached in the poll's history, according to the Washington Post. Just 27 percent of respondents to the poll had an unfavorable view of Clinton. 

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are also both incredibly popular in the public's eye — even more so than their husbands, according to the poll. 

The first lady's favorability rating stands at 69 percent, which is 13 points higher than her husband’s, Politico pointed out. Michelle Obama's unfavorability rating is 24 percent, which 16 points lower than President Obama's. 

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Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney's wife Ann Romney is favored by 40 percent of the public, 5 points above her husband's recent 35 percent. 30 percent of the public has a negative view of her, which is 17 points lower than Mitt's. 

Clinton's record-high polling numbers are likely to cause her supporters to push harder for her to run for president in 2016, the Post reported, though Clinton has repeatedly said she has no intention of running again.

"Great poll numbers and high-profile supporters don’t matter at all if Clinton has, in her heart of hearts, put away the idea of running for president again," wrote the Post's Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake. "If that door is left open even a crack, however, these are the sorts of developments that could push it open wider."

ABC News and the Washington Post polled 1,008 Americans from April 18 through 22. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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