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. Roger findlay,oh

    you must be refering to another bill cinton , not the guy that was in the white house

    December 26, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Walt, Belton, TX

    How can you compare a man with no morals, Clinton, with a man of extremely high morals, Bush?

    I wouldn't even care to contemplate comparing their wives, it would be even worse..........

    December 26, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. GH, New York, ny

    Based on the pecentages, Hillary Clinton is the Most Admired PERSON of the Year.

    December 26, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Kyle Wilmington, DE

    I can name a million people – starting with random employees of McDonalds & 711 -that I admire more than George Bush! hahaha.


    December 26, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. B Mitchell Columbus, OH

    Why does everyone always want to kill the messenger?

    It is not CNN's Poll,it is Gallop's Poll and they are only reporting the replies of America.

    Apparently the country we live in admires George Bush (a 10% share is actually large considering there is a virtual infinate list of candidates) more than anyone else.

    If this bothers you blame your fellow citizens not polls, not CNN and not Gallop.

    December 26, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. James Carville

    How could a murderer like Nelson Mandela even make the list?

    December 26, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. dariusz jankowski northbrook IL

    This must be the most stupid and irrelevant poll ever conducted.

    December 26, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Gary, Germantown, MD

    LOL, BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA, Help I can't breathe from laughing so hard. (Snickering)

    Bush most admired... someone pinch me!

    December 26, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    everyone's talking about this poll being a joke bc it lists bush, but what about clinton? i think putting him on there makes it a joke

    December 26, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Sam, Pontiac, Michigan

    I can just hear it coming out of their mouths "I approve this message".

    Who was surveyed in this poll? Their families, friends, pets? Admiring someone? Hmmm, I admire those that speak the truth and seek out rational ways of dealing with issues. I admire those that listen twice as much and talk half as much. I admire those that help the home team and not rooting for the opposing team, i.e. "I welcome competition". Does that last phrase ring a bell?

    December 26, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Ex-Repulican

    I really enjoyed reading these comments! Yes, this result is ABSURD because George W. Bush will be in the books as one of the worst presidents in the history of this country. He's in league with Dick Nixon at least. But, let's recall that the results of this 'poll' are deeply flawed. First, Nelson Mandela is not 'in our nation', he's in South Africa! Secondly, 10% is a very small fraction so the result tells me that nobody is really admired. Thirdly, there will always be a statistical 'tail' of peoples' opinions, so that I wouldn't be surprised to learn that at least 10% of Germans 'admired' Hitler if you'd taken a poll in 1946!!! So, don't fret, we will see when the historians of the future will make clear the crimes of GWB, he is lost, and so are the Republicans he dragged down with him.

    December 26, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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    December 26, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Is this a FOX News poll?

    December 26, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. al, San Francisco, CA

    Hillary now being the most admired woman of the year, people can no longer say that she is not likeable.

    That should upset the republicans and obama supporters!

    December 26, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Tommy Hitler, Powder Springs, Ga

    I like Mr. Clinton!

    December 26, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. R. Engels, Tucson, Arizona

    Bush lied to the people, his country and the world to create his energy footprint in Iraq; the great divider,mentally deficient president will go down as the bottom rung of Presidents. Never have so few destroyed so much and we have another year of his arrogance. If he is the most admired man in America, this country deserves what it gets.

    December 26, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Time for Village Idiots Everywhere to Finally Get A Job

    Well at least Bushbaby will have something to tuck into his scrapbook when he leaves office in 2009. Maybe he can just stay at his ranch in Crawford, TX and run things from afar – can't be any worse than currently running them from the Oval Office on Pennsylvania Avenue 🙁

    December 26, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. George W. Scherf

    When fascism hits this country, it will be draped in a flag holding a cross.

    Wake up Amerika, you are controlled by Neocon Nazi Satanists and Israeli Zionists.

    Deprogram yourself from the media lie that was September 11, 2001.

    Kill PNAC.

    Good Luck, and whatever is left of "Freedom."

    December 26, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Dennis Shandorf Dallas Texas

    Bush admired ????? Where are you getting your info from? He is the most hated Man in the world. Admired???? Wow....

    December 26, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. PW Va

    A question...for those of you who have posted/will post and believe that Bush has redeeming qualities as to be designated "most admired man" by this particular poll...why is it that NOT ONE of the republican candidates running have invited him to stump with them in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or any other state, for that matter, up to this point???

    Wouldn't it be advantageous to have the "most admired man" by your side while campaigning for the presidency?

    December 26, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Bruce Taylor,Berkeley,CA

    It certainly doesn't say much for the attention span of this nation if these are the two most admired men.The former president made a mockery of the public trust and the current president has done the same.There is no better time than now for the people of this country to awaken from their misplaced bliss.Is this the choice that the same old politics produces: trust in what has betrayed you? This nation's people over the past sixteen years of presidential leadership are far far more heroic and perseverant than that leadership.It is time to demand the truth from our leaders and not let them sidestep their way down blind alleys of trust where if we follow we end up rationalizing their behavior and repeating our votes in polls and elections.Find the new path and lead yourself.You will understand your choices better.

    December 26, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Zachary, Dallas, Texas

    BAHAHAHAHAHA. Well, I've always been skeptical of Gallup Polls anyways. This only confirms that I can now dismiss them for sure.

    December 26, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Rick Sutter, Kennewick, WA

    Ahh, we so long for the good old days of BJs in the White House for the leader of the free world.

    December 26, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Mrs. America

    Bush should be admired for still being able to throw a tantrum and get his way, even at his age. Other than that, I can't see what anyone could admire about him. But there must be some validity to the poll.

    I can see Clinton as most admired but for his work with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, not with Mrs. Clinton's campaign.

    December 26, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Bukky, Balt MD

    Who in the UNHOLLY h-e-l-l admires Bush. Really... what has this man done to deserve admiration. These people must be freakin idiot...

    Where are they polling... backwoods Alabama?

    December 26, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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