Poll: Obama, Clinton remain No. 1
December 27th, 2010
11:38 AM ET
7 years ago

Poll: Obama, Clinton remain No. 1

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is the most admired man of 2010, according to a new national poll.

The Gallup survey released Monday indicates Obama leads the pack of former presidents, religious leaders and cultural icons for the third year in a row with 22 percent. He is followed by former President George W. Bush with five percent and former President Bill Clinton with four percent.

However, when broken down by political party Obama leads among Democrats with 46 percent and among independents with 17 percent, but loses traction among Republicans, a category Bush leads with 11 percent.

Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Pope Benedict XVI and Rev. Bill Graham also rank among the most admired men.

For the ninth consecutive year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was voted the most admired woman of the year, receiving 17 percent to lead Sarah Palin at 12 percent, Oprah Winfrey at 11 percent and Michelle Obama at five percent, according to the poll.

Those numbers also change when sorted by political affiliation. Clinton still leads among Democrats with 31 percent and independents with 15 percent, but Palin is number one among Republicans with 26 percent.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain also rank among the most admired. This year's survey marks the 43rd appearance in the top ten for the British royal, the record for any woman.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,019 adults living in the U.S. and was conducted via telephone between December 10 and December 12. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. PalmReader

    but Palin is number one among Republicans with 26 percent.
    It's time for Republicans (and the media) to close the political book on Sarah Palin. She has done nothing these past two years which can be considered of political interest, let alone beneficial to America.

    December 27, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Monster Zero

    Those numbers also change when sorted by political affiliation. Clinton still leads among Democrats with 31 percent and independents with 15 percent, but Palin is number one among Republicans with 26 percent.
    Well gee whiz go figure, I wonder what he and Hillary would rank at a TEA Party get together?

    December 27, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. LIP

    All one can do is praise someone for overcoming all odds and for knowing how and when to do what is politically necessary to get what you want accomplished. Obama didn't need the Republicans in the beginning and pushed his political agenda successfully and now that the scene has changed, he has adatred well to the new landscape and just like Bill Clinton, has moved to the center. You have to congratuate him for this and I hope that he accomplishes much by way of working with the Republicans in cutting the budgets of all of the entitlement programs and doesn't try to create any new programs. We are heading down the slippery slope of more unemployment and more spending means higher taxes, which means less money spent and fewer jobs as a result. We need to move towards curtailing the power of the unions so we can get some of the jobs back that have been lost.

    December 27, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Padraig

    Now if the president could focus on jobs, the economy, and immigration that would be nice.

    December 27, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Marge

    Had to comment sounds like enough is surely enough is a fox listener and must really wear ear plugs at all other times.

    December 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    See what the new Congress brings with it, repeals, filibusters and more obstruction to this Marxist effort of Obama Progressive Liberals Big government take over. Adapted well? More like a run over and now being forced to meet somewhere in the middle in an attempt to look somewhat Presidential...Obama is once again in full campaign mode, however this time, America has seen the wolf in sheep's clothing and it wont happen for him in 2012, unemployment numbers, National debt and social unrest will dictate that end to the progressive liberal era!

    December 27, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Glenn Koons

    An amazing poll that must have taken into consideration all the uninformed public, surely not informed voters. Americans are so fair that they would rather hope hope hope for a Prez success even as this dud in the WH is piling up policies and agendas which make him worse than Harding , Carter and Buchanan all put together. A socialist , anti-American as a Prez is surely not to be viewed with FAIRNESS but with analysis which would eliminate this guy from much admiration other than those that Enough is Enough listed. He could have added, NON-PRODUCERS AND ENTITLEMENT DUNCES.

    December 27, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Howard

    Another biased CNN poll which supports CNN's ideology and agenda, and totally lacks credibility.

    December 27, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Hillary? Perhaps. Not so much with Obama.

    December 27, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Adalbert

    That is the way it should be. We have the best team ever. Palin is simply not in this league.

    December 27, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Name Creole

    I just wonder how many of you that like to talk down about Obama can run the country......That would be none of you. Have a great day.

    December 27, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Jay

    He should be the most admired man of this decade and more. This man genuinely cares for the common middle class. He is so the opposite of the last imbecile who occupied the White House.

    Just imagine how this country would have been if after Clinton's term (and budget surpluses) Obama would have been the President. What a tragedy that a seriously stupid and an undeserving piece of absolute garbage came in between.

    December 27, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    Where did you do your polling? I can think of many people that I admire more than these 2.

    December 27, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Lois

    I can't believe Obama beat out some of the other names mentioned.

    December 27, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Jay

    Bush and Palin were on this list too? We should split this country into a South and North. Let Bush and Palin be the leaders of one and Obama/Clinton be the leaders of the other. I don't care who gets north or south. All I know is I don't want to be living in the same country with people stupid enough to think that a fool that almost caused the collapse of this country and Wasilla's village idiot/can't put together a coherent sentence/in it for the money and thank god for people too stupid to see that/ is on a list of most admired people.

    December 27, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    2 more years of this economic disaster will unquestionably change that.

    December 27, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. bearced

    I can't believe Bush and Palin even made the list! Was everybody sleeping during the first 8 years of decade? As for Palin, what has she done? I don't see any accomplishments, quiting shouldn't count.

    December 27, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. XWngLady

    Couldn't they have found a better picture of Secretary Clinton? Geesh.

    December 27, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'm sorry to see that George W. Bush is on the list. He shouldn't be there, unless you admire people who can cheat their way to president.

    December 27, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. PalmReader

    "Hillary? Perhaps. Not so much with Obama"

    By this poll, apparently you and like minded posters are in the minority. Not suprising. I wonder, though, do you, Fair Is Fair, fall within that very small percentage of GW Bush supporters, or are you one of those 4% who most favor Glenn Beck?

    December 27, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    What do people admire about abject FAILURE? Oh yeah, he wants to "share the wealth" by taking from some to give to others. Nothing to admire there.

    December 27, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. FM

    What Republicans admire on Palin? Since when one doesn't do her job and get admired!! Is this not a wired thing!!!

    December 27, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Mikey

    As soon as you call our President a Socialist or anti-American, your credibility is shot. Obama haters are a pretty worthless lot. Could you please give a real reason you don't like him? Perhaps worse are those how accuse all Obama supports as being on welfare, etc. I've worked with a lot of Obama supporters and almost every one of them is smarter, better educated, and probably earns a much higher income than the bunch of semi literate fools slamming our President on these blogs. Strong opinions and ignorance are a bad combination.

    It says a lot that the two dimwits, GWB and Sarah are the favorites of the conservatives. Now tell me, who are the favorites of intellegent conservatives (yes, there are some)?

    December 27, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. ingrid

    Monster Zero and Glenn Koons, you are both wrong. If the GOP regains the white house...look for greater economic disparity, less job growth, greater debt (under the last BUSH there was NO job growth and the rapidly expanding deficit started under him!). Our founding fathers were progressive liberals of their days. They embraced the ideas of liberty, and equality. I hope Monster Zero you look up what a socialist is because by definition Obama is not a socialist or Marxist. LOOK it up. Cuba a socialist country owns over 90% of its industries, the US owns less than 1%. Also, take some time away from FOX news and Glenn Beck for your information and look up Obama's accomplishments. You will see all the positive work he has done for military families, transparency in our government, programs for the poor and the middle class. I am not saying that I agree with all of his policies but your criticism seems without merit as it is not based on facts.

    December 27, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. sheridan

    2012, the ticket to vote for...OBAMA/CLINTON. Biden will switch with Clinton and the Democrats will win by a landslide.

    December 27, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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