Poll: Obama, Clinton remain No. 1
December 27th, 2010
11:38 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Obama, Clinton remain No. 1

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is the most admired man of 2010, according to a new national poll.

The Gallup survey released Monday indicates Obama leads the pack of former presidents, religious leaders and cultural icons for the third year in a row with 22 percent. He is followed by former President George W. Bush with five percent and former President Bill Clinton with four percent.

However, when broken down by political party Obama leads among Democrats with 46 percent and among independents with 17 percent, but loses traction among Republicans, a category Bush leads with 11 percent.

Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Pope Benedict XVI and Rev. Bill Graham also rank among the most admired men.

For the ninth consecutive year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was voted the most admired woman of the year, receiving 17 percent to lead Sarah Palin at 12 percent, Oprah Winfrey at 11 percent and Michelle Obama at five percent, according to the poll.

Those numbers also change when sorted by political affiliation. Clinton still leads among Democrats with 31 percent and independents with 15 percent, but Palin is number one among Republicans with 26 percent.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain also rank among the most admired. This year's survey marks the 43rd appearance in the top ten for the British royal, the record for any woman.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,019 adults living in the U.S. and was conducted via telephone between December 10 and December 12. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Sarah Palin, Fierce Advocate for Childhood Obesity


    Another biased CNN poll which supports CNN's ideology and agenda, and totally lacks credibility."

    Gallup has done this poll for years, and reported all the years when a Republican (like GWB) won the most admired, also.

    Of course, since 1992, Hillary won all but 2 years. Pretty good streak.

    December 27, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe

    Glenn Koons, you might want to put your tinfoil hat back on and stop drooling on yourself. you are lacking in understanding and coherence.

    December 27, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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