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President Bush outdistances Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein as villain of the year in poll

President Bush outdistances Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein as villain of the year in poll

President George W. Bush far outdistanced terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein when Americans were asked to choose their bad guy of 2006 in an AP-AOL News poll.
However, in a sign of the polarized times, Bush also topped the list when people were asked to name their hero of the year, but by a much smaller margin.
Among entertainment celebrities, TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey edged out actor Michael J. Fox as the best celebrity role model, while pop singer Britney Spears was the clear choice over Paris Hilton for worst.
When people were asked to name the candidate that first came to mind for "biggest villain of the year," Bush won by a landslide, with 25 percent, followed by bin Laden, the fugitive al-Qaida leader, in second place with 8 percent.
Rounding out the top five villains were Saddam, who is awaiting execution, with 6 percent; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 5 percent, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il , 2 percent _ from the three countries Bush once designated as the "Axis of Evil."
In the polling for "biggest hero of the year," 13 percent named Bush as their favorite, while 6 percent chose the U.S. troops in Iraq. The other top choices were TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey: Sen. Barack Obama, a possible Democratic presidential contender, and Jesus Christ _ each with 3 percent.
Bush was the choice of 43 percent of Democrats for villain of the year, and 27 percent of Republicans for hero.
On the question of celebrity role models, Spears' bad behavior claimed worst honors.
When asked to choose from a list of names, nearly three in 10 adults, or 29 percent, bestowed the honor of worst celebrity of the year on Spears.
The 25-year-old pop singer and mother of two young sons recently filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, her husband of two years. She then followed with highly publicized nights out with party girls Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, including photographic evidence of Spears wearing no underpants, which raised questions about her fitness as a parent.
Spears apologized on her Web site, saying she probably went "a little too far" with her newfound freedom.
Second-worst celebrity billing went to Hilton, 18 percent. The 25-year-old party girl and hotel heiress was arrested for drunken driving in Los Angeles in September while, she has said, she was on a late-night hamburger run.
Mel Gibson, 50, was third-worst celebrity with 12 percent, surely the result of his anti-Semitic tirade at police in Malibu, California, during his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. He later apologized and said he harbored no animosity toward Jews.
Rounding out the worst celebrity role model category were Tom Cruise, 9 percent; former "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards, 6 percent; Nicole Richie, 5 percent; Federline, 4 percent; Lohan, 3 percent; and Angelina Jolie, 2 percent.
In the best celebrity role model category, 29 percent of adults chose talk-show host Winfrey.
The philanthropist and entertainment mogul contributed $40 million (euro30.4 million) toward the establishment of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which is scheduled to open next month.
Fox, who has Parkinson's disease, finished second with 23 percent. He recently was criticized by conservatives for political ads that showed his body shaking as he urged support for a ballot measure promoting stem cell research and for the Democratic Senate candidate over the Republican in Missouri.
Actor George Clooney, who has been advocating for refugees in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan, finished third with 12 percent.
Eight percent chose Jolie over boyfriend Brad Pitt, 2 percent. Newlyweds Cruise and Katie Holmes tied at 2 percent.
Jolie and Cruise were the only celebrities to land on both the best and worst role model lists. But more people named Jolie best celebrity role model, and more people named Cruise worst.
The telephone poll of 1,004 adults was conducted Dec. 19-21 by Ipsos, an international polling firm. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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AP Manager of News Surveys Trevor Tompson and Associated Press writer Natasha Metzler contributed to this report.
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Updated : 2021-06-25 06:57 GMT+08:00