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. R. Smith, San Diego, CA

    There is no way Bush can be the most admired man. That is truly disturbing. If it is true, we all need to pack up and move to Canada.

    December 26, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Harley, Seattle WA

    Was this poll taken in Crawford Texas?!?!?! No, perhaps it was at Bush's Christmas dinner table. This poll is completely laughable.

    December 26, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Ryan Indianapolis

    Sorry you pathetic liberal bloggers,,there are more common ordinary people in this country than you closed minded fools that blog on here day in and day out belitting this fine president. Sorry to bust your bubble but GW in 2004 got almost 51% of the vote the most Billy BJ Clinton ever got was 48%,,,Sorry you hate GW cause you cant beat the man and will go down in history as a man of principle and vision.

    December 26, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Derek, Honolulu HI

    2 liars vying for "most admired?" I have officially lost all faith in America.

    December 26, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Lynda, Delafield, Wisconsin

    Again, the current president has topped this poll for over 25 years. It's very sad. Gallup must call people, and the only name that pops into to their head is the current president. I really don't think even 10% of the country find Bush admirable.

    However, I DO worry that 8% of the country cited Bill Clinton. Perhaps this, too, was just an instance of a name that has become depressingly familiar.

    December 26, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. James, Houston,TX.

    Bush is WHAT? I guess a "Push in the Bush" is better than a Bird In the Hand?

    December 26, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    If you are comparing Bush and Clinton as "men" Bush wins hands down.
    How can an appeached liar to the Senate ever run as most admired man.
    This country is crazy and the press mostly.

    December 26, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    I have the utmost respect for President Bush. It's no surprise to me that he finished first.

    December 26, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Kade, Phoenix, Arizona

    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.

    Posted By KevinD. Boston Ma. : December 26, 2007 2:31 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA, you're kidding right? Please tell me you're kidding!

    December 26, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. CAREN

    Why do you guys insist in doing these trashy supermarket headline titles. Nobody is BATTLING anybody for ANYTHING. They don't have anything to do it. I wish Ted Turner would buy CNN back. But then a lot of folks would be unemployed. You are shameless.

    December 26, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Walt, Belton, TX

    JorgeM.

    Guess you think selling pardons for cash is a excellent example of free enterprise! Grow up!

    December 26, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    John from San Diego writes "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."

    You're right, John. Conservative Christians could finally implement a Christian version of Saudi Arabia. What a grand nation that would be!

    December 26, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. JorgeM

    John from San Diego writes "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."

    You're right, John. Conservative Christians could finally implement a Christian version of Saudi Arabia. What a grand nation that would be!

    December 26, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Jeremy

    Obama admired more than Mandela and Billy Graham? This only goes to show me that Americans have no common sense.

    December 26, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. BILL CUKLIN

    THIS IS WRONG, [GEORGE BUSH] HURT A LOT OF GOOD AMERICANS, CONTRIVED OIL PRICES, 3900 DEAD TROOPS, 38,000 WOUNDED,DEFICIT, IMMIGRATUON, MEDICAL FAILURES,KTRINA, WALTER REED, WAR

    December 26, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Sharon, Chicago

    Bush is the most admired man? Where did they take this poll, a mental hospital!?? I don't know of a single person that can stand the man and some even have calendars marking off the days till he's out of office!

    December 26, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. E. C., Houston, Texas

    HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT IN THIS NATION.....SHE'S NOT QUALIFIED, HONEST, FORTHRIGHT, NOR DOES SHE HAVE A GLIMMER OF INTEGRITY. POLLS ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE CLINTONS.

    December 26, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. David Johnson Kansas City

    Little George is Most Admired in the US?! Against who? Mass murderers? Fred Phelps? David Duke? This country is Truly dwelling in the sewer if Little George is the best we as a nation can offer. Lord help us all.

    December 26, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. luci, sierra vista, az

    Who comes up with this stuff??? Someone has way too much time on their hands. Better yet ...what are you pollsters smoking??? Must be a rrreeeeellllyyyy slow news day.

    December 26, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. AtomicZ... Chicago Il

    Don’t you know a political plant when you see one? It’s CNN “Clinton Now News” ...Sheeesh!!!

    December 26, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Flagship, Hartford, CT

    Considering Bush is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER, I'd be more prone to believe that he was voted one of "the country's most Hated man.

    December 26, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. bryan. columbus, oh

    is this the poll you're sposed to stick up your backside? because that would make sense. admired for what? admired by whom? for a president that constantly scores high on the loathe meter, this poll goes to show how irrelevant polls really are. thanks for making this a top story. we've still got a long way to go. here's hoping 2008 finally brings a start to the new millenium

    December 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. ed winter park fl

    You did not say that the poll was devised ,interpreted and run by former atty gen Gonzales. he polled only Mexicans who can not read or write, it consisted of free tequila in containers with Bushes name on them, which were used as the method of counting. When queried about the poll, GONZO said he couldn't Recall the poll.

    December 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. trent porter, tx

    this is INSANE. putting the words "bush" with "most admired" in the same article is blasphemy of the highest kind.

    December 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Jeff - Jacksonville FL

    WHO in their right mind would admire an incompetent war mongering imbecile like Bush?

    December 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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