Hillary More Admired Than Oprah

Hillary More Admired Than Oprah


So says Gallup:

With 16% of total mentions for most admired woman, Winfrey had her strongest showing to date in the current poll. But Clinton also had a stronger-than-usual score in 2007 — the 18% who mention the former first lady is the highest since 2000 (19%). Clinton’s best performance was in 1998, when 28% said they most admired her, just as her husband was being impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives in the Monica Lewinsky matter.

Winfrey has now finished second on the most admired woman list every year since 1997 with the exception of 2001, when she was third (to Laura Bush and Clinton). During that time, she has come within two percentage points of Clinton for the top spot on one other occasion (2004) and within one point on two occasions (2002 and 2005).

After Clinton and Winfrey, the remainder of the top 10 most admired women are Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (5%), actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie (3%), first lady Laura Bush (3%), former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (2%), former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (2%), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, author Maya Angelou, and Queen Elizabeth II (all at 1%).

If nothing else, this is an interesting sidenote since Oprah joined Obama on the campaign trail. Hillary seems to have some nice momentum behind her in the national zeitgeist.

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  • Jeremy

    I wouldn’t call the Gallup Poll the “national zeitgeist” by any measure. The Gallup poll is not objective in my view nor does the poll accurately account for the disgruntled voter which doesn’t even take polls.

    Polling the usual major party line-toers doesn’t take into account the other 50% of the electorate which consist of people that are considered non-voters as they abstained from voting in the past due to seeing no major difference between to the two major parties or their candidates and feeling that their vote doesn’t accomplish anything.

    This of course all changes when a candidate comes along that resonates with people that chose not to vote because they were disillusioned with politics. A prime example of this was Jesse Ventura’s run for governor in Minnesota’s 1998 gubernatorial race.