Gallup Poll: Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton most admired in the whole world

Americans once again selected President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the most admired man and woman in the world. Photo: Two most admired people in the world

EASTON, Md., December 28, 2011 — The Gallup/USA Today just released their 2011 Most Admired Person in the World poll, an annual poll taken since 1946, and once again Americans named President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the most admired man and most admired woman living any where in the world today.

Clinton has been voted the most admired woman for the past 10 years and Obama has taken the top spot for the last four years straight.

The poll simply asked adults nationwide: “What (man/woman) that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?”

Most Admired Man:

1. Barack Obama 17%

2. George W. Bush 3%

3. Bill Clinton 2%

4. Rev. Billy Graham 2%

5. Warren Buffett 2%

Most Admired Woman:

1. Hillary Clinton 17%

2. Oprah Winfrey 7%

3. Michelle Obama 5%

4. Sarah Palin 4%

5. Condoleezza Rice 3%

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,019 adults conducted Dec. 15-18. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Now this has to be sending the Republicans into colicky dysfunction. This just isn’t their game plan. After all why aren’t any of the Republican male candidates on the list? Sure Palin came in at #4 with 4%, and Michelle Bachman tied with four other women at #6 with 2%, including Laura Bush.  But darn it, where are those Republican Big Boys, the ones who are supposed to dethrone Obama?

If your candidates can’t crack the top tier of admired people, how in the heck are they supposed to win elections? No one expected to see Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Majority Leader John Boehner on the list, but no Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?  And where the devil is Ron Paul?

Right now there are Republican strategists smacking their heads in dismay, huddling with other consultants, and reassuring their candidates: 

“Yeah, yeah, we saw the Gallup poll.  It means nothing. Nothing, I’m telling you. Everyone loves you. Just look at our polls in Iowa. Just look at that guy in the coffee shop who flung himself across the room to shake your hand. And that woman who tossed you her baby for a big, gooey kiss. Real people love you. Really. Pay no attention to national polls.  Obama’s history. You are what America is waiting for.  No, yearning for. You’re the real deal.”

However, if candidates live by the polls, what are they to make of this one, the one that says Barack and Hillary, two Democrats, are the most admired people in the world?

The candidates have to feel like Rodney Dangerfield – “I don’t get no respect. No respect, no respect at all….”

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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