Gallup: Most admired man and woman of 2012 are…
posted at 11:05 am on December 31, 2012 by Allahpundit
…exactly whom you’d expect. You have to screw up awfully badly as president not to win this award each year — Obama won it in 2008, when Bush’s approval rating was south of 30 percent — and you have to do something awfully remarkable as a woman to dislodge Hillary from the top spot. She’s won this poll every year since 1997 except one — 2001, when Bush’s popularity soared after 9/11 and delivered the title to Laura. Hillary’s been named most admired among her gender 17 times, the most by any man or woman since Gallup started taking this poll in the late 1940s. Number two: Eleanor Roosevelt, who was most admired 13 times. Number three: The guy who planned D-Day and then presided over the golden age of American prosperity in the 50s. He won it 12 times.
Take two minutes and skim the complete list of annual winners. Ike’s appearances are particularly interesting. He won it in 1950 and 1952 as the public soured on Truman over Korea, won it all eight years he was president, and then won again long after he’d left public life in 1967 and 1968 as the public soured on Johnson over Vietnam. Go figure that, amid a failing war and late 60s social tumult, the public’s thoughts would turn to Dwight Eisenhower as an alternative.