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. linda hemmingsen b.c.canada

    How in the world can the american people vote for bush as the most admired person of the year. Hello! he has destroyed your crediability around the world is hated by most, and your country is almost bankrup with his decision's he's made. The white house has so many investigations of corruption, deceitfulnes etc. just because he is president doesn't mean you have to vote for this. he will think he is doing a fine job just like his friend who oversaw katrina Brownie? a canadian who is just shaking her head.

    December 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Karen, Novato CA

    Wait, when that 10% choosing Bush responds, are those people saying "George W. Bush" or are they saying "the president", generally? Just wondering because I have a very hard time imagining anyone describing our CURRENT president with admiration.

    December 26, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Ann, Chicago,IL

    RG From Tampa, couldn't have said it better myself!!! Brilliant!

    December 26, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. susan allen, tampa, fl

    Are you insane??? Who cooked these statistics? If Bush is "admired," I must be the Queen of England!

    December 26, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Bush is admired? Are people stupid, or do they just admire stupid people.

    December 26, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    I was amused to receive a Disappearing Bill of Rights coffee mug for Christmas – but am NOT amused by our disappearing Constituional freedoms. We have W and his corrupt cronies to thank for the latter. How on earth can ANYONE in their right mind say they admire this joke of a president who has trampled our Constitution and shattered our credibility around the globe? The entire world will be celebrating on January 20, 2009 when he leaves office!

    December 26, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Bobby

    Its funny to see the liberal's squirm when it is pointed out that most of America still respects and admires Bush even after nearly 8 to 9 years of non stop slander and smear tactics by them and their kind. Its going to be even funnier to watch the Republican ticket of "Giuliani/McCain" mop the floor with Hillary in next years election.

    December 26, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Paul, Norfolk, VA

    For someone that is called an "idiot", he sure is making the Democrats in Congress look silly....even, might I say, look like idiots.

    December 26, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. James Marsden

    Clinton one of the most "admired" men? After eight years of pillaging and stealing and breaking every law while he was assaulting women? That Bill Clinton?

    If anyone respects such a thief, they should have their American citizenship revoked. Asap.

    December 26, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. John

    What could George Bush possibly be admired for? I don't think I loathe any other American more than him. Have the 10% been paying attention??

    December 26, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Ethel, Wichita, KS

    How many of you armchair protestors posting comments have called your Democratic Senators demanding Bush's impeachment? Posting your anger at Bush does nothing unless there is a groundswell of a political and social movement demanding his ouster.

    December 26, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Shirley, North Dakota

    I too have to ask, is this a joke?????
    Bush is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. It is absolutely mind boggling that a war criminal is condidered most admired man by anyone. He should be impeached and imprisoned for the rest of his life.

    December 26, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Art, Del Mar, CA

    This poll obviously reflects the character of a very very stubborn 10% of our populace , who identify themselves with small mindedness. I still wonder about the other 20% of Americans who approve of his presidency. Who did THEY vote for?

    December 26, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. John Marietta, GA

    The world is full of complete idiots:

    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 "

    "He was right on Iraq" Yes, in an "up is down", "black is white" kinda way. NOTHING in Iraq, NOTHING has gone "RIGHT". How can anyone be so stupid and still manage to work a keyboard. What single thing has he been right about? "It is better to just keep it going till the next president has to deal with it" is the only policy he has gotten right. Nothing, Nothing and Nothing else is any better In Iraq or in the War on terror.

    No wonder you get pole results like this, there are some suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome that think whatever he does is good, no matter what the facts are. Iraq was un arguably the biggest foreign policy blunder in all of recorded history and you think he got it right? Get back on your medication and for God's sake, sit out the next election, you do not have it in you.

    December 26, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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    December 26, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Ed, Pittsburgh PA

    Is anyone else doing the math on this? It seems to me that only 10% of the population admires GW, right? I bet you take GW and any ONE other person on that list and ask people which one they most admire and you’ll get totally different results. Most likely 10% for GW and 90% for the other ONE person. Way to go CNN. Very scientific poll. This is just an example of how you can spin numbers.

    December 26, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Robert Bell

    Clinton is ALMOST as "admired" as President Bush?

    That ain't saying much these days, is it?

    December 26, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Steve, Portland, OR

    So this poll proves what? About 10% of this country are village idiots and another approximate 8% are unable to except the fact that Bill Clinton doesn't have an honest bone in his body.

    December 26, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. FV, Tampa, FL

    Are you sure Bush's name was not accidently placed in this catagory when it was supposed to be in the most hated, loathed person of all time along side of Hitler, Stalin and Osama bin laden?

    December 26, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Bush one of the most admired men? LOL You have got to be kidding me. Maybe they should expand their polling beyond trailer parks.

    December 26, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Darren, Connecticut

    You are all small minded, simple people. George Bush will be remembered as having more of an impact to the direction of this country as Teddy Roosevelt is remembered today. The problem lies within your small, feeble minds. Please leave my country and go away.

    December 26, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. John, Blue Springs Mo

    I cannot believe that "W" is admired by anyone.

    December 26, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Jeigh, DC

    ACK! perjury, obstruction of justice - and not terribly bright don't mean what they used to.

    December 26, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. john huxter,ia

    Most admired for ?
    CNN must have polled it's employees.

    December 26, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Can you even begin to believe it? Wow, what a complete mess our country must be in for these two to show up on top. Wouldn't you love to know who was polled. LOL

    December 26, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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