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Time for another predictable “most admired man/woman” year-end poll

posted at 12:21 pm on December 30, 2013 by

The president almost always finishes first among men and Hillary Clinton almost always finishes first among women, with Billy Graham and Oprah reliably in the top ten of each list respectively. (Graham’s been there for 57 years running.) What always strikes me as strange about this list is how low the numbers are. This year, only Obama and Hillary broke into double digits and each of them is mired in the mid-teens. That’s par for the course, if memory serves. Why is that, though? Catholics are something like 20 percent of the U.S. population and Pope Francis received tons of flattering media coverage this year; you would think he might muster 10 percent, if not more. Nope — just four percent. It’s apparently hard for Americans to find consensus on people they admire beyond the most stupendously famous political actors.

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cmsinaz on December 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Joy Reid

John the Libertarian on December 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM

You mean Low Information Voters?

Sabercat2 on December 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

try – “All Time Stupidest Poll Ever Conducted”

powerpickle on December 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I admire my navel.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Joy Reid

John the Libertarian on December 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM

If you’re a Christian you probably can’t do that. It’s probably in the Bible somewhere.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I nominate Hilary Clinton and Beyonce.

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Second-most admired man in America, yep, you guessed it: Frank Stallone.

Gingotts on December 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Second-most admired man in America, yep, you guessed it: Frank Stallone.

Gingotts on December 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Yeah. That’s probably somehow because… Germans love David Hasselhoff.

MikeknaJ on December 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

What do people admire about Hillary Clinton?

bluegill on December 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Yeah. That’s probably somehow because… Germans love David Hasselhoff.

MikeknaJ on December 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

TV Tropes will ruin (enhance?) your life.

thebrokenrattle on December 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

What do people admire about Hillary Clinton?

bluegill on December 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

My sister thinks she’s “wonderful.” It doesn’t make any sense, but there are a lot of dummies just itching to vote for her in 2016.

Kensington on December 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM

It’s apparently hard for Americans to find consensus on people they admire beyond the most stupendously famous political actors.

But that’s really only because if you arent stupendously famous, not enough people will know about you to draw a consensus of any kind in a national survey. In fact, all of the top ten on the list of admired men only add up to 33% total, but the people at the bottom are already down to 1%. So 67% of the population’s admiration is dispersed among at least 67 other figures, though the number is probably in the thousands or tens of thousands.

To really get an idea who people admire most, allow them the option of listing the relationship, rather than name, e.g. “My dad” or “my friend in the army fighting overseas”, and see how the numbers stack up.

The fact that the most powerful member of the government, with enormous segments of the media behind him, is still below 20%, means there’s still hope for us yet.

RINO in Name Only on December 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Actually, the second most admired man is George W Bush.

And tied for third-most admired woman are Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin with 5 percent.

Or that Obama is down from 30 percent last year? And Clinton down from 21 percent?

Wonder why HotModerate didn’t mention any of this? The trends in this poll over last year are actually good.

hrh40 on December 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM

woman = women

hrh40 on December 31, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Mmmmmm, two Presidents with approval numbers in the 30′s are among the most admired?…..for what?

At this point these polls should be used for toilet paper.

PappyD61 on January 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM