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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


harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Yay Hillary!!!!
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
why are there celebrities on the female version and NONE on the male version? tells you a lot about our priorities, doesn't it? oprah and angelina i guess i understand (counterpoint then is of course, where's brad on that top 10, or bono?) but what has ellen done? food for thought.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So sick of Angelina...
emo_stacer emo_stacer 8 years
Condoleezza Rice should have been higher on this list.
Angelina and Hillary are women I certainly admire. :D
4peachMoney 4peachMoney 8 years
People like Condi Rice more than Michelle Obama? Get outta town!!!
Lukin Lukin 8 years
There is nothing admirable the current Pope, let alone Sarah Palin.
chatoyante chatoyante 8 years
I think they need more coverage on gossip sites... :P
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
It frustrates me that Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama are so low on these lists. Do they need to get a talk show or a cute campaign slogan to get more admiration?
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I wonder if they just gave a list of popular names and had people rank them... because there are a lot of people on these lists I don't admire.
krae85 krae85 8 years
Hillary Clinton? Puke. Sarah Palin? Why? Oprah? Maybe.. but only for her business savvy. This is a 'most common household names' list, not people I admire.
stephley stephley 8 years
Those are pathetic lists, the bar must be set pretty low for admirable conduct.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
George W. Bush Who voted 4 him ?? hes peeps?
syako syako 8 years
yeah these boards are so far from representative of the sentiment of the country. ;) :P
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