December 30th, 2009
04:47 PM ET
3 months ago

Clinton edges out Palin in 'Most Admired' poll

Clinton narrowly edges out Palin for most admired woman.
Clinton narrowly edges out Palin for most admired woman.

(CNN) - While the two might never face each other on an election ballot, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly edges out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in one new poll: Americans' most admired woman.

In a new survey by Gallup, 16 percent of Americans named Clinton as the woman they most admire, while Sarah Palin won the admiration of 15 percent. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and first lady Michelle Obama come in at No. 3 and No. 4 with 8 percent and 7 percent respectively.

Other women making the list with 1 percent each include former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, poet Maya Angelou, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Tiger Woods' wife Elin Nordegren.

"Hillary Clinton has now been named Most Admired Woman 14 times since 1993, spanning her career as first lady, New York senator, and now secretary of state," Gallup states. "The three times she has not finished first during this time, she earned second place (to Laura Bush in 2001 and to Mother Teresa in 1995 and 1996)."

Meanwhile, President Obama is clearly America's most admired man this year, with 30 percent of those surveyed naming the new president. Former President George W. Bush comes in a distant second with 4 percent while former South Africa President Nelson Mandela scores 3 percent in the poll.

Tied at 2 percent each are talk-radio host Glenn Beck, Pope Benedict XVI, the Rev. Billy Graham, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

At 1 percent each are Arizona Sen. John McCain, former President George H.W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and embattled golf legend Tiger Woods.

Gallup notes that "Billy Graham and Queen Elizabeth II have been the two individuals with the most top 10 finishes on the Most Admired Man and Woman lists, with Graham doing so a record 53 times and the British monarch achieving that distinction 42 times."

Gallup surveyed 1,025 Americans from December 11-13 and the poll carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. joe m

    what some people don't seem to understand is that admiration, sometimes, has little to do with accomplishment. if it were so, then our current president wouldn't ahve garnered the kind of support he did. palin may not be the most politically accomplished individual, but she has managed to connect with some americans, therefore, it is not unsual that she has ranked so high in this poll. those who dismiss palin out of hand are simply reacting in an irrational and emotional manner, much in the same way that others responded to the secstate during the campaign.

    December 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Cliff

    Hillary? Ya gotta be kidding!
    If this is true it just shows how stupid liberals are!

    December 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. laura from Ontario

    As a Canadian the very thought of Sarah Palin being elected to the highest office scares the living crap out of me.

    I would like to know how this woman could handle what your President currently has on his plate. She quit being Gov, yet I am amazed that some would put her in office tomorrow a place which is far beyond her intellect and depth.

    December 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Another Commie Push Poll

    This show's how truly great Sarah Palin is. The State Run Media is constantly grabbing their ankles and shilling for the Communist Democrats, and Sarah Palin still ties dead-eyed Hillary.

    Democrats are idiots and followers.

    Republicans are smart, free thinkers!

    December 30, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. WASPMM

    To all you socialists with your head in the sand, KMA. Billary, Oprah, Bama's.....whatever? You have to be kidding me. Cry baby, ignorant, uninformed, uneducated trash, you will find out what the MAJORITY has to say next year you fools.....and no phony elections will buy your way in this time.
    From bug eyed Pulosi to diaper boy, one more nose hit for the road Al Franken, what an embarrassment to this once democracy. KMA.

    December 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Josh Maloney

    How could you even compare Palin and Clinton. Clinton is a brilliant leader. Palin. Well she is just plain stupid.

    December 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Craig from Pa.

    This is like comparing apples to oranges.....

    December 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Sally

    Way to go, Hillary! You deserve it! Happy New Year to you, bill and your family!

    December 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. PA WEAVER

    Answer to DAN: Of course Sarah does not let her husband walk all over her. She, is and always has been the "Breadwinner" in this family!

    December 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Carlos Averhoff

    Sarah Palin compared to Hillary Clinton??? What has Sarah done? Bored a bunch of kids, made a complete idiot of herself in the '08 campaing, and oh yes she sees Russia from her kitchen window!! Hillary Clinton is an accomplished scholar, articulate Secretary of State, and is able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Ms Clinton makes this country proud, and is a great representative of the U.S.A in the world stage. Sarah???? Stay in Alaska and hunt some moose, and we'll all be better off!!!!

    December 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    HA! What Sarah Palin has achieved, she has achieved ON HER OWN. She did not have to rely on an influential spouse to get her jobs and honors. If Hillary clinton had not attached herself to Bill Clinton's backside like the blood-sucking leech that she is, no one would know who she is. She would be, AT BEST, a no-name divorce lawyer somewhere in the Chicago suburbs. Sarah Palin is BY FAR the most independent, intelligent, and admirable of the two......NO CONTEST!!

    December 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Safiyah

    How can 16 percent of women even admire Sarah Palin? akk :P Hilary Clinton is way above her, and a lot more smarter, there not even comparable. Hilary Clinton tops it.

    December 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Ann-Virginia

    I would certainly hope so.There is no comparison between Clinton & Palin.Sec.Clinton is an intelligent woman......Palin....not so much!!

    December 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Sean

    Well the results really are a no-brainer but the thing that I find most encouraging about this is that it isn't Oprah, Ellen, Paula, or any other pop superstar. Ms. Clinton is a woman of substance and whether people agree or disagree with her positions is immaterial. This just seems like a very mature result.

    December 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Dan

    Hillary is best........always was and always will be .....

    I like her in the Secretary of State role ... she has done a great job for us ... and will continue to be best.

    Everyone else, Sarah Palin is the worse......... nice job ... I forgot you are not working... hmmm................ great resume building. your book has a lot to be desired for ..............as are your ambitions!

    December 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. MS from Seattle

    Way to go Hillary :)

    December 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. DENNIS

    The maturity of Democrat supporters on this board makes me understand why 2009 was the most pathetic political year in history.

    December 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Wild Bill

    Another thing to consider is the dates of the poll: December 11-13. That was a weekend. Polls taken on weekends favor democrats by a few points. I'm not sure if the results were adjusted, it doesn't say in the details.

    December 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Hillary Clinton is just as wacko as Sarah Palin. There was the "vast right wing conspiracy" out to get her. She went to Kosovo under"heavy fire" when records show the fighting was nowhere near her location. Finally, staying with philanedering Bill indicates to me that she is a "needy" woman undable to stand on her own. I really don't believe she's as intelligent as she seems to think.

    December 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Oy!

    Anyone who admires Palin has got to be insane in my book! Do the people who voted her as most admirable actually pay attention to what she says and does?

    December 30, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Jay

    To all the Republican fools who think that people don't like Palin because she is a threat to us are completely twisting the reason. We don't like Palin because the woman can't even put a coherent sentence together. She has no substance in thoughts except for a few memorized talking points. She really is an imbecile.

    How do you respect someone who quit as a governor to pursue money and her extended-by-the-media 15 Minutes of fame?

    December 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Puss

    To: jack, new york, new york....he writes, "you wanna know what the joke is?
    even after the media in general, cnn and all you yahoos have pummeled palin every chance you all had, the american people have voted her the most admired woman, with hillary clinton, who gets nothing but good press, scoring above her by a statistically insignificant margin. go palin!"

    My response: It shows how stupid you and the rest of Americans who 'adore' Palin really are! Scary.........

    December 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Ace

    Maybe because Clinton is Secy. of State she barely edges Palin. Clinton will be running in 2016 after a one term Obama presidency and a subsequent Republican administration. Democrats will lose the Senate in 2010 and barely hang on to the House.

    December 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Dean

    Any poll that lists Tiger Woods' wife Elin Nordegren as one of the most admired women can't really be taken too seriously.

    December 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. sifto77

    I see the left is out in full force–hated Hilary when she ran against BO–but now love her –what a bunch of losers....Sarah–2012

    December 30, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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