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Hillary Clinton Wins Gallup “Most Admired Woman” Poll

But before anybody puts too much stake in it, the "Most Admired Man" was — George Bush.

Oprah Winfrey came in 2nd to Hillary, with 16% of the vote to 18% (which is within the margin of error and also a statistical tie). Hillary has won in 9 of the past 10 years, losing only in 2001 to Laura Bush (who scored 3% this year to tie with Angelina Jolie).

Bill Clinton got 8% of the vote to Bush’s 10%, also a statistical tie — last year, Bush led him 13% to 5%. Al Gore shot up in the poll as well, from 1% last year to 6^ this year. Barack Obama came in at 5%. Bill Gates tied the Pope and Colin Powell at 2%, and the Dalai Lama is right in there at 1% with Huckabee, Romney, McCain, Giulliani and Brad Pitt.

I guess being in the news helps, because Benazir Bhutto came in at 2%, and I can’t imagine in another year most people in this particular poll would’ve known who she was.

Poll results PDF here.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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