Most Admired Man and Woman of 2007

What do President George W. Bush and Senator Hillary Clinton have in common? You guessed it — they both scored highest in the Gallup poll for the most admired man and woman in the world for 2007.

For the sixth year in a row, President George W. Bush is the most admired man and Sen. Hillary Clinton the most admired woman in Gallup’s annual survey. But neither winner had a very decisive win this year, with former President Bill Clinton nearly tying Bush and Hillary Clinton barely topping talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. This is the seventh time Bush has been most admired man and the 12th time Clinton has been most admired woman.

These results are based on the Dec. 14-16 USA Today/Gallup poll, which asked Americans, without prompting, to say what man and woman “living today in any part of the world, do [they] admire most?”

Most admired women:

  1. Hillary Clinton (18%) – U.S. Senator and presidential candidate
  2. Oprah Winfrey (16%) – talk-show host
  3. Condoleezza Rice (5%) – U.S. Secretary of State
  4. Angelina Jolie (3%) – actress
  5. Laura Bush (3%) – U.S. First Lady
  6. Margaret Thatcher (2%) – former British Prime Minister
  7. Benazir Bhutto (2%) – former Pakistani Prime Minister
  8. Nancy Pelosi (1%) – U.S. House Speaker
  9. Maya Angelou (1%) – author and poet
  10. Queen Elizabeth II (1%) – Queen of England

Most admired men:

  1. George W. Bush (10%) – U.S. President
  2. Bill Clinton (8%) – former U.S. President
  3. Al Gore (6%) – former U.S. Vice President
  4. Barack Obama (5%) – U.S. Senator and presidential candidate
  5. Rev. Billy Graham (3%) – evangelist
  6. Nelson Mandela (3%) – former South African President
  7. George H.W. Bush (2%) – former U.S. President
  8. Bill Gates (2%) – founder of Microsoft
  9. Pope Benedict XVI (2%) – Pope
  10. Jimmy Carter (2%) – former U.S. President

I think a far more interesting follow-up question would be, “Why do you admire this person most?” So who do you admire most in 2007?

Update (12/27/2007): I just learned that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (#7 on the list) was killed in a suicide attack following a political rally in Pakistan earlier today.

4 Comments

  1. Bush’s success is somewhat surprising, since the media gives us the impression that his approval rating has been in the toilet for years.

    Apparently, folks like him more than some would have us think.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    I still like him – it’s good to know I’m not alone!

  3. Meredith says:

    Well…I don’t know whether to be more amazed that Hillary Clinton is more admired than Oprah…

    Still, nice to know that we value Bill Gates enough to admire him as much as we admire the Pope and two former Presidents.

    An interesting note: 10% of the vote is the lowest any president has ever gotten.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Meredith – Yes, that was pretty low. It would have been really embarrassing for Bush to have been beaten by Bill Clinton.

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