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. jd baton rouge, la

    Don't forget 100% of the media love the Clinton's and hate Bush. Hilary will soon be the most admired man in the country!

    December 26, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. localjim, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

    WHAT, The Groper and The Idiot as admired men!! LMAO yet puke!!
    I am giving up on you CNN. WHO SERIOUSLY WHO???!!! was polled
    was this an internal white house poll. HAVE YOU GONE INSANE CNN!!??!!
    I'm laughing yet appalled. This is a joke of a story! Are you trying to ruin Hillary or trying to make her look better i dont know. I am going to stop writing because now i am getting upset
    The Groper and BUSH admired??!! TOTO i think we're not on earth anymore!

    December 26, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Somewhere in TX 2 Villages are Missing Their Idiots

    Hey Walt = "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……….

    Posted By Walt, Belton, TX: December 26, 2007 1:29pm"

    By any chance is Belton missing it's idiot too? 😉

    December 26, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Greg, Concerned University Student, Washington DC

    I just read all 46 comments (Why is beyond me) and I'm astonishingly disgusted at the level of intellect and integrity that most of you possess. First of all, the world "admire" does not mean "love", look it up. Secondly, actually, it's not worth it. I certainly have been disillusioned with politics in this country, but is it possible to be ashamed by the populace? Then again, this is an online major media outlet, just like FOXNews, so I guess it should be expected.

    December 26, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. KevinD. Boston Ma.

    While I don't agree with all of Bush's policies (immigration, China Trade), he has done a fine job with the Supreme Court, and he was right on Iraq (and had the guts to stand fast throught the darkest days). I'm looking forward to him fixing the Iranian problem before he leaves office.

    December 26, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. SB

    There is something wrong when Bill Clinton, a man who lies, cheats on his wife and abuses women, is even in the running for "Most Admired Man".

    Who next?

    December 26, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Karen Weber, Santa Clara, CA

    How on earth could anyone admire the current President Bush? He is the most incompetent, war-mongering, and out-of-touch President we've ever had. I for one am so happy we only have one year left of this administration. GO HILLARY!

    December 26, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. mike, dallas, TX

    Oh Really? Wow!

    CNN really HEART the Clintons.
    Don't the Clintons also walk on water?

    December 26, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. EKK

    Looks like many people in this country are still WAY off track. As a mother of two small children growing up in this country, I'm saddened by what continues to be a lack of desire for real CHANGE...If GW Bush is the most admired man than we have even more problems in this country than I ever IMAGINED. Are people so thrilled by power and money that friends, neighbors and future generations really don't matter anymore? BUSH represents greed, power, manipulation and complete disregard for your fellow neighbor. I'm not religious, but GOD help us!

    December 26, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. John, San Diego, CA

    ohhh.. here is an idea for all of the democrats/liberals that think republicans are so bad and evil: why dont all of you sign a pact, much the same as alec baldwin, saying that you will leave the USA if a conservative wins the election. what a grand nation this would be if that happened.

    December 26, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. john williams san diego, ca.

    Clintons numbers had a major boost from all of his one night(and thank you very much)clients

    December 26, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Marge Hibbing Mn

    This is the most ridculous poll anybody every took. BUSH IS NOT ADMIRED BY ANYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY EXCEPT THE DREGS OF HUMANITY. What in the devil kind of fraud are you trying to republican media are make him look like he is a human being. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

    December 26, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Gene Willeke, Oxford, Ohio

    I can't imagine anyone admiring George Bush, our smirking, incompetent, immoral, lying "Decider". What is there to admire? His bicycling? His clothes?

    December 26, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    this is a joke.....

    December 26, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Julie, Phila, PA

    Do we have a Bush-Clinton monarchy? Since 1989, we have had 4 years of Bush, Sr., - 8 years of Bill Clinton - and 8 years of Bush, Jr., totaling a span of 20 years. And if Hillary is elected, what that literally means is that the Bush-Clinton reign would total 24 years –possibly 28 years. And to further bolster this union/domination, Bill Clinton recently bragged, that if Hillary was elected, he and Bush, Sr. would tour the world together.

    So, it is no wonder that both Bush & Clinton are tied as to being US's Most Admired - There's something wrong with that picutre.

    December 26, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Elizabeth Gonzalez, Miami Florida

    I admire George Bush, he respect courage and thank him for keeping the U.S safe, something Bill Clinton surely couldn't. I'm all about Peace but when you are the target you can't wait around for the next airplane to be sent our way.

    December 26, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. GFM, Denver CO

    What a compendium of total idiocy. Trent from Oregon, who doesn't even know how to spell his home town, savages GWB, then claims to be a "die-hard Republican." This is the new tactic by the far Left to "influence" people. Like all things liberal, transparently phony. Dee White contributes the trenchant comment that only a moron could admire Bush – I guess that makes her one of his biggest fans. I can just see the flecks of foam on the lips of the vast majority of posters to this story... being consumers of the propagandistic drivel purveyed by the Clinton News Network. Commies, pinkos and perverts all.

    December 26, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Anon. Independent in NH

    "How could anyone possibly admire Bill Clinton? The man is a lying, cheating, adulterer that used the most powerful position in the world as a dating platform. Good Lord, it was like an 8 year frat party in the white house. The man has no integrity whatsoever, he's a liar, a cheat, and a thief. He was and is an embarrassment to our country, not a person to be admired.

    Posted By anon independant voter: December 26, 2007 2:01pm"

    Well to be impartial the same could be said of LBJ, JFK, and even FDR had an affair w/his secretary and Ike w/his English driver!! (Seems since the days of our Founding Fathers there have been a long list of "dalliances" by American Presidents... And it has even been pointed out that Miss Coretta chose to "stand by her man" too.)

    Not saying that it's OK, merely pointing out that the attempted portrayal of Bill as "being the only one with loose morals" is extremely inaccurate and myopic.

    But then again seems there are those who would consider installing a former crack addict as acceptable 🙁 AFTER having elected an admitted reformed alcoholic TWICE??!!

    December 26, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Good for President Bush! He rated even highter than President Clinton (not taking into consideration the margin of error).

    December 26, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. F Lancaster Oklahoma City OK

    What in the name of everything that is holy has Barack Obama ever done to edge out Billy Graham and Nelson Mandela as most admired?

    December 26, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    BUSH as the most admired person in US! What a cruel joke? The poll must have been conducted in Crawford Ranch with Sr. and Barbara Bush, Bush's staff in the ranch, Laura and her daughters and barney! With that too Sr. Bush's vote must have gone to Bill.

    December 26, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Scott from Freehold

    What one can conclude from George Bush being the most admired person by 10% of the country is that 10% of the country is monumentally stupid.

    December 26, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Anthony, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    How is that possible? Bush is the most admired man? Over Bill Clinton.....really?.....What demographic was used in this poll?

    December 26, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Peter, Los Angeles, CA

    GALLUP Polls call and survey Republican households... so naturally a slant for a republican. but even so, most republicans today I know do not admire Bush in any way....
    what a scam of a poll... gallup is a sham... to say Bush is the most admired man in the USA is a major embarrassment to this country.

    December 26, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. John, Baltimore, MD

    KevinD. Boston Ma:

    KevinD, you are going to get hammered on this site for your position. So let me stand with you. I agree with your assessment. The doubters are so sure of what would have happened down the road not travelled. One thing is for sure, Iraq will not have WMD.

    December 26, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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