Bush, Hillary Lead 'Most Admired' Poll for 6th Straight Year

For the sixth year in a row, President George W. Bush was named by the most number of Americans as the most admired man in the world and Sen. Hillary Clinton as the most admired woman.

As part of an annual survey, The Gallup Organization asked Americans which man and woman "living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?"

Among the male candidates, Bush led with 10 percent of the responses, followed by former President Bill Clinton with 8 percent. Former Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, came in third with 6 percent and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) placed fourth with 5 percent.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who finished in the top 10 for a record 51st time, came in fifth with 3 percent together with former South African President Nelson Mandela. Former President George H.W. Bush, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Pope Benedict XVI, and former President Jimmy Carter each topped 2 percent of the responses.

Among the female candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) received the highest percentage of support at 18. Oprah Winfrey placed second with 16 percent, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received 5 percent, placing third.

The fourth place position was shared between first lady Laura Bush and actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, with each topping 3 percent of the responses. They were followed by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, each of whom received 2 percent support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, author Maya Angelou, and Queen Elizabeth II all received 1 percent support.

The latest Gallup survey results were based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 14-16 with a randomly selected national sample of 1,011 adults aged 18 and older. The maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is ±3 percentage points.

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