December 26th, 2007
03:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton closes gap with Bush as nation's 'Most Admired Man'

Clinton and Bush are statistically tied as the nation's most admired man.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Looks like all of Bill Clinton's time on the campaign trail this year for his wife Hillary may be paying off in the polls for more than one member of the family.

Sitting presidents usually top Gallup's list of the country's most admired man, and this year is no exception: President Bush leads, as the choice of 10 percent of those polled. But in this survey, he's in a statistical tie with former President Bill Clinton, at 8 percent. In the last survey, there was an 8-point margin of separation, with Bush leading 13 to 5 percent, and a 17-point difference in a 2004 poll. (Full poll results [PDF])

Former Vice President Al Gore, who won several high-profile awards in 2007 for his work to raise awareness about climate change, also shot up in the poll - now in third place with 6 percent - 5 percentage points higher than last year.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama nudges out the Rev. Billy Graham and Nelson Mandela for fourth place with 5 percent. Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani also make the list - all at 1 percent.

Hillary Clinton tops Gallup's most admired woman list, with 18 percent. But popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who has campaigned for Obama, Clinton's chief rival, is statistically tied with the New York Democrat at 16 percent. Both have gained in this year's poll: Clinton was at 13 percent in 2006 while Winfrey was at 9 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,011 Americans December 14-16, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Anon. Independent in NH

    just goes to show y'all how screwed up polls can be 😉

    even Oprah knows that Nelson Mandela is head and shoulders above Barack Obama. just watched the very moving show last night about her bringing Christmas presents to the children and orphans in South Africa – with Mandela... (maybe she was hoodwinked by Obama like she was the author of "A Million Little Pieces" – which she promoted for her book club!!!)

    December 26, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. S Williams Tampa FL

    OK.

    If Bush is this country's most admired man, I officially resign from having any faith in polls whatsoever.

    These polls are starting to get really ridiculous.

    December 26, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. John Smith

    Hillary Clinton will soon top the list of the person the most admire on the earth as US President. Hillary will do goods thing for the country. Behind every powerfull men there is always a strong woman.Lets history been making by voting for HRC.She is a very capable woman,very bright ,and experienced woman that the country needs right now.

    December 26, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. AJ, IL

    This poll is meaningless. It's just another attempt by CNN (Clinton News Network) to bolster Hillary but putting Bill Clinton's name out there as though he is an incumbent.

    Turn the PAGE!

    Obama in '08!

    December 26, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Bush is one of "the country's most admired men" ?!?! Who was he running against? Hitler? Mussolini? bin Laden? Considering he's the WORST PRESIDENT EVER, I'd be more prone to believe that he was voted one of "the country's most REVILED men."

    December 26, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. fergusmom

    Bush? One of most admired men?? HAHAHAHAHA, pardon me while I change my clothes from laughing so hard.. Clinton I can understand, but Bush?? Who paid off the answers of those polled? Unless they mis-understood the question. And thought the question was "most unadmired man"

    December 26, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    As far as Bill Clinton, I certainly find the world's admiration very plausible. As far as George W. Bush, this MUST BE A JOKE! I think the media has some very inaccurate information with regard to that one! Bush is hardly to EVER BE COMPARED TO the intellect of William Jefferson Clinton! There is virtually no comparison at all. Bush is not an intellectual in any way, shape or form, whereas Bill Clinton is and always shall be.

    December 26, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Jeremy, Topeka, KS

    Who in their right mind admires George W. Bush?

    December 26, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. RG, Tampa, FL

    The Shrub is admired? After 7 years of catastrophe, lies, deceit, and idiocy? By who? Morons with blinders and earplugs, clearly. This Administration cannot end soon enough. Where is Mr. Peabody with his Way-Back Machine to zip back to 2000 and erase this mistake of history?

    December 26, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Richard, Smithville, TN

    If Bush is this nation's most admired man, IT'S SICK!!!

    December 26, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Who cares?

    December 26, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Richard, Chicago, IL

    Who in the right mind would admire George W. Bush?? Are you kidding? That man has wrecked this country and embarrassed American image around the world.

    Bush should top the most incompotent man list.

    December 26, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. chuck, burning blue ohio

    what is shrub's approval rating again? oh he's admired alright, for getting away with murder and corruption.

    December 26, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Dave- SB Indiana

    Bush admired? You got to be kidding me!? Yet, he only has a 30% approval rating. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why Clinton is up there either?!!? Gore I could agree with.

    December 26, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Justin Pensacola, FL

    You have got to be kidding. Billy and Georgie? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    December 26, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. PW Va

    Surely... the Gallup Poll results of this particular survey is initiating this as some type of comic relief from the dismal news of the Iraqui conflict and the mundane presidential campaign that continues to drag on.

    I can't think of two more UNDESERVING individuals for the #1 and #2 spots of this survey! Say it ain't so!!!!!

    December 26, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Any one but HIllary God

    Bill Clinton is an idoit, how can anyone admire him, he has done so many bad things, and he can't seem to keep it in his pants either. Want is this nation coming to, when someone like this ranks at the top !?!?!?

    December 26, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Jon, Tacoma WA

    Just goes to show how off most of the CNN polls really are.

    December 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Jeff, Minneapolis, MN

    This has got to be the biggest farce of a poll I've ever seen. Bush as most admired? Good lord we're in trouble.

    December 26, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Jayson Huth, Minneapolis, MN

    Just what is it George Bush is admired for? Being as big of a jerk as those 10% are? Finally, jerks have their man.

    December 26, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Carla F. Mollica, Albuquerque, NM

    Oh, please!! What in the world could Bush be admired for? Would it be the lying, cheating, war-mongering, and arrogance? This bought & paid for president is a disgrace to America and it's citizens.

    December 26, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Lisa L Indian Head, MD

    umm...wow...I find myself a bit speachless..or maybe,...dumbfounded..
    Was someone smaoking a little something when it was decided that either of these gents were admired? I would gather to day..not admired..but embarassed for..

    December 26, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Kade, Phoenix, Arizona

    Why is this news? Is this really all there is to write about?

    December 26, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Michael Tac, Wa.

    goes to show just how many messed up people there are in the U.S. as i said before. no common Sense!!!

    December 26, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Les, Boston, MA

    Thanks CNN for a post...all the nutjobs are going to come out of the woodwork on this one.

    December 26, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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