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. Shocken Awe, Maitland, FL

    Is this a joke?

    10% of those polled pick Bush and somehow the logic becomes that he is the "country's most admired man".

    Wow. What sort of perk will CNN get from the White House for this gift? Wipe the brown off of your nose please.

    December 26, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Jennifer, des moines, IA

    It boggles my mind what I can admire George Bush, nada

    December 26, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    We all should admire Bush for the way he has altered the way the United States runs. it takes an incredible, corporate mind to alter America the way the Bushes have for the last 20 years.

    Are you and your family better off because of that? Or is it because of the Clinton years?

    December 26, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Dave SB, Indiana

    Well, I guess it is apparent that this poll is trash. 99% of the opinion is clearly showing Bush is NOT admired.

    For anyone reading this, who would you nominate for the most admired man/woman.

    Gore would be my most admired Man. I don't have a candidate for most admired woman, definately not Hillary though, sorry.

    December 26, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Jeb, Las Cruces, NM

    Clinton failed this country in so many ways. He didn't do anything about energy or climate change. He chased an intern. He was a distraction from the important issues that were facing this country. It was a party.

    George Bush, however, has actively worked to destroy this country. It may not have been his intent but that has been the result. He has worked to avoid doing anything about the climate or this country's energy addiction, and has mired us in an unwinnable war that has wasted thousands of American lives and ruined tens of thousands more. The astronomical cost is now robbing essential programs of funding and the country's infrastructure is crumbling. We owe trillions of dollars to the Chinese.

    Neither of these men should be admired for anything. In fact, George W. Bush should be held responsible by this country's legal system for his crimes – because that is what they are.

    Clinton was a fool and Bush is a moron. They are not role models. I am amazed that anyone even considers these two for "most admired" anything.

    December 26, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Chad, Franklin TN

    Again CNN plays games and tries to hide the fact the HRC is the most admired woman. Secondly, so what about Oprah in the context of a political ticker in that she is not running for President.

    December 26, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. john williams san diego, ca.

    How did Bubba the draft dodger make it to number 2. Must be all the anti-war leftist loons voting for him.

    December 26, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Adam Graz

    This has got to be the stupidest news article I have ever seen. Where's Ron Paul?!! George W. Bush is without doubt the least admired person in America, the MOST HATED is more like it. Seriously, wake up

    December 26, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Gobama, NY, NY

    What the hell is the matter with Americans?

    When we ever WAKE THE HELL UP!
    We were asleep prior to and during 911; and we continue to be deadly asleep.

    How on gad's green earth are we ever going to reverse America's slide into the economic, policy and political abyss if we give our LOST LEADER no compulsion to "CHANGE THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE COURSE" OF THE NATION?

    December 26, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. AJ

    This is a sad commentary on American culture. When George W. Bush is admired and Obama is more admired than Nelson Mandela, something is seriously wrong!

    December 26, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Joe

    You have got to be kidding me, the man who dishonored the office of the presidency??! Give me a break, we that desperate??

    December 26, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. kidnice , San Jose, California

    This moron was re-elected, why is it so hard to believe that the moron is admired by the same morons?

    December 26, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. austin blake ct.

    mooney, your brain just is not working right if you think clinton and bush,are the most admire men, come on bush who the hell would admire him in there right mind, your nuts austin blake

    December 26, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Kikimodo, manassas, VA

    I don't trust polls anymore. This is definitely a poll to brainwash others

    December 26, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Pete Austin TX

    What a load of propaganda!

    December 26, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    This would be funny if it weren't so apalling. Bush is a disgrace, Clinton was a distraction.

    December 26, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Windy, Savannah, GA

    Okay, whoever stuffed the ballot box with Bush's name, 'fess up. There's absolutely no way Bush Jr. could even get on a poll like this unless someone "fixed" the results.

    December 26, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Lynda, Delafield, Wisconsin

    In looking at this poll for the past ten years, it's apparent that the sitting president gets the top vote, no matter how poorly he's doing. You can see, for example, that Bush's numbers were much higher in 2001, when his approval rating was high. Given this history, it's not surprising he tops the list, and 10% is deservedly low.

    I'm more surprised that Bill Clinton, who's shown himself to be particularly inept for the past few weeks, gets 8%. Over and over, he keeps forgetting to mention Hillary when he campaigns for her, or–even worse–he lies or makes some gaffe that the campaign has to scramble to smooth over. Aaargh. What a depressing poll.

    December 26, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Scott, NY NY

    A war criminal is the most admired! You can't make this stuff up. The stupidest creature in the world has to be the human being.

    December 26, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. fergusmom

    Next thing you know, we are going to read an article announcing that Bush has beennominated for the Nobel Peace Prize... Clinton had a problem with skirt chasing I admit, but he did so much more good for America, both nationally and internationally, who in their right minds can say the same thing about Bush?

    December 26, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Johnny Paycheck, Truthtown NY

    Bush's administration must force these stories to keep people angry about our idiot president. Besides outrage, what could he inspire, and being totally devoid of the ability to impress anyone, how else can they assert he exists? The more we focus on defending our interests, the less worthy of defense they become; politically, socially, and economically: the phenomenon is best represented societally by a police state, and individually by this incompetent, delusional bureaucrat. I don't blame him any more than the fools who voted for him, but at this point most of America is just shrugging and trying to wait-out this disaster. Asinine suggestions like "Bush is admired" don't help anyone's morale, or this country's overall health.

    December 26, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Lumberjack, Lower Arkansas

    I bet the poll was taken from Fox News viewers.

    December 26, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. T. Tim, Lodi, WI

    Of course a certain percentage of Americans admire Bush. They are like him in termperment, personality and politics and thus voted for him. What's the surprise there? Too bad for America

    December 26, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Stephen A

    How did Dubya the draft dodger make it to number 1. Must be all the pro-war righty loons voting for him.

    December 26, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. OverTheRainbow, KS

    Slick? Admired? For what? Shootin' his mouth off at every opportunity he can get? He is nuthin' but a disgraced, impeached, rutting PIG! Hey! Slick! How many interns ya been bangin' while on the campaign trail for Her Royal Thighness?!

    December 26, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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