- The Washington Times - Monday, December 29, 2003


President Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are finally on the same ticket — the most admired man and woman in America, according to a poll released yesterday.

The Republican president and the Democratic senator from New York won’t be found on the same sides of many political issues, but both are seen in a favorable light by the American public.

When people were asked to name the man they admire the most, Mr. Bush was picked by 29 percent. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Pope John Paul II were named by 4 percent and former President Bill Clinton was named by 3 percent, according to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

Mrs. Clinton was named by 16 percent, while talk show host Oprah Winfrey was picked by 7 percent, first lady Laura Bush by 6 percent and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice by 4 percent.

The poll asked an “open-ended question,” meaning respondents were allowed to offer any names that came to mind. For both the most-admired man and most-admired woman, the remainder of votes were spread among a wide variety of individuals.

The incumbent president is almost always the most admired man in such polls, but the current first lady is often not the most admired woman.

The poll of 1,004 adults was taken Dec. 5-7 and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

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