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Most/Least admired

 

 

A - B
Joe Biden | Michael Bloomberg | John Boehner | Sam Brownback | Patrick Buchanan | Warren Buffett | George H. W. Bush | Jeb Bush | Laura Bush

C (1)
Herman Cain | Eric Cantor | Ben Carson | Jimmy Carter | Dick Cheney

C (2)
Chris Christie | Wesley Clark | Hillary Clinton | Ted Cruz | Andrew Cuomo

D
Mitch Daniels | Tom Daschle | Howard Dean | Tom Delay | Jim DeMint

E - F
Russell Feingold | Carly Fiorina | Bill Frist

G
Robert Gates | Timothy Geithner | Dick Gephardt | Newt Gingrich | Rudy Giuliani | Alberto Gonzales | Al Gore | Bob Graham | Alan Greenspan

H - J
Chuck Hagel | Dennis Hastert | Mike Huckabee | Duncan Hunter | Jon Huntsman | Jesse Jackson | Bobby Jindal | Gary Johnson

K
Tim Kaine | John Kasich | John Kerry | Dennis Kucinich

L - N
John McCain | Mitch McConnell | Bob McDonnell | Ralph Nader

O
Michelle Obama | Sandra Day O'Connor | Martin O'Malley

P
Sarah Palin |
Rand Paul | Ron Paul | Tim Pawlenty | Nancy Pelosi | Mike Pence | Ross Perot | Rick Perry | David Petraeus | Rob Portman | Colin Powell

R (1)
Harry Reid | Condoleezza Rice | Bill Richardson | Tom Ridge | John Roberts | Pat Robertson

R (2)
Ann Romney | Mitt Romney | Karl Rove | Marco Rubio | Donald Rumsfeld  | Paul Ryan

S - W
Bernie Sanders | Rick Santorum | Arnold Schwarzenegger | Al Sharpton | John Thune | Melania Trump | Tom Vilsack | Scott Walker | Mark Warner | Elizabeth Warren  | Oprah Winfrey


Most Admired

Gallup Poll. Dec. 2-6, 2015. N=824 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

MOST ADMIRED MAN
"What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?"

  
 

Ranked according to number
of responses in 20
15

Combined First and Second Choices

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
    % % % % % %
  1 Barack Obama 17 19 16 30 17 22
  tie 2 Pope Francis 5 6 4 - - -
  tie 2 Donald Trump 5 - - - 1 -
  4 Bernie Sanders 3 - - - - -
  5 Bill Gates 2 1 1 - 1 2
  6 Ben Carson 1 1 - - - -
  tie 7 The Dalai Lama 1 - - 1 1 1
  tie 7 George W. Bush 1 2 4 2 3 5
  tie 9 Bill Clinton 1 3 2 1 2 4
  tie 9 Billy Graham 1 2 2 2 2 2
 

MOST ADMIRED WOMAN
"What woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?"

  
 

Ranked according to number
of responses in 201
5

Combined First and Second Choices

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
    % % % % % %
  1 Hillary Clinton 13 12 15 21 17 17
  2 Malala Yousafzai 5 5 2 2 - -
  3 Oprah Winfrey 4 8 6 4 7 11
  4 Michelle Obama 4 3 5 5 5 5
  5 Carly Fiorina 2 - - - - -
  6 Queen Elizabeth 2 1 1 2 2 2
  7 Angela Merkel 2 1 1 1 1 -
  8 Elizabeth Warren 1 1 - 1 - -
  9 Aung San Suu Kyi 1 - - 1 1 1
  tie 10 Condoleezza Rice 1 4 2 3 3 2
  tie 10 Sarah Palin 1 2 5 2 4 12
  tie 10 Ellen DeGeneres 1 1 - 1 2 -

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 11-14, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide.

.

"Now I'd like to ask you a series of questions about the past decade. Now I'm going to mention some people who have served in public life at some point in the past decade. Please tell me which one or two of these people, if any, you have the most regard and respect for. . . ." Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

.

%

Barack Obama

28

Colin Powell

27

Bill Clinton

21

George W. Bush

17

Hillary Clinton

14

John McCain

13

Sarah Palin

13

Dick Cheney

9

Al Gore

8

Joe Biden

3

None (vol.)

3

Unsure

1

.

"Now I'd like to ask you a series of questions about the past decade. Now I'm going to read you some people who have served in public life at some point in the past decade. Please tell me which one or two of these people, if any, you have the least regard and respect for. . . ." Half sample (Form B), MoE 4.4

.

%

George W. Bush

33

Dick Cheney

27

Al Gore

19

Barack Obama

19

Sarah Palin

16

Bill Clinton

14

Hillary Clinton

10

Joe Biden

9

John McCain

5

Colin Powell

1

None (vol.)

3

.

"Now thinking just about the past year, I'm going to read you a list of people who did things that diminished their standing with the public. Which ONE of these people most disappointed you? John Edwards for having an affair while his wife is being treated for cancer. Tiger Woods for having extramarital affairs. Chris Brown for hitting and abusing his girlfriend Rihanna. The Balloon Boy parents for carrying out a hoax. The reality television family of Jon and Kate for exposing their affairs and divorce. David Letterman for having extramarital affairs with women who work for him. Alex Rodriguez for using steroids to enhance his performance in baseball." If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just ONE, which would you say MOST disappointed you?" N=1,008, MoE 3.1

.

%

John Edwards

33

Tiger Woods

16

Chris Brown

15

Balloon Boy parents

11

Jon and Kate

6

David Letterman

4

Alex Rodriguez

4

None (vol.)

8

Unsure

3

 

 


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