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The Most Admired Men and Women of 2008

We're starting to switch gears to 2009, but last year was a big one and 2008 is hardly a distant memory at this point. A Gallup poll asked Americans who they admired most in 2008 and the results are varied and interesting.

For the seventh year in a row, Hillary Clinton was ranked as the most admired woman, and Sarah Palin ousted second place incumbent Oprah Winfrey in the 2008 list. Barack Obama was voted the most admired man for the first time: In fact, Gallup notes that Obama is the first president-elect since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 to top the list.

Most Admired Men, 2008

Admired Person Percent of Vote
Barack Obama 32 percent
George W. Bush 5 percent
John McCain 3 percent
Pope Benedict XVI 2 percent
Rev. Billy Graham 2 percent
Bill Clinton 2 percent
Colin Powell 2 percent
Nelson Mandela 1 percent
Bill Gates 1 percent
The Dalai Lama 1 percent

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Most Admired Women, 2008

Admired Person Percent of Vote
Hillary Clinton 20 percent
Sarah Palin 11 percent
Oprah Winfrey 8 percent
Condoleezza Rice 7 percent
Michelle Obama 3 percent
Margaret Thatcher 2 percent
Laura Bush 2 percent
Angelina Jolie 2 percent
Barbara Bush 1 percent
Madeleine Albright 1 percent
Ellen DeGeneres 1 percent


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