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Poll says George Bush and Hillary Clinton are the man and woman most admired by Americans

They're the odd couple again: George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton, the Americans' most admired man and woman.
They stand on opposite sides of a political divide, but the Republican president and the Democratic senator from New York are sharing the honor for a sixth consecutive year, according to a USA Today-Gallup poll released Wednesday.
They did not win by much. Television personality Oprah Winfrey and Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, were right behind.
When people were asked to name the man they most admire, 10 percent picked Bush, his lowest figure in the seven years he has been president. Bill Clinton got 8 percent _ within the poll's margin of sampling error _ while Nobel Prize laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, Bush's opponent in the 2000 presidential election, had 6 percent and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a current presidential candidate, was chosen by 5 percent.
Whoever has been president has won the most-admired title every year since 1981.
Sen. Clinton, hoping to be president-elect by the time of the next poll, was named by 18 percent as the most-admired woman, the 12th time she has been in the top spot. Talk show hostess Winfrey came in a close second with 16 percent, also within the margin of error. First lady Laura Bush and Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was each selected by 3 percent.
The poll asked participants an open-ended question, allowing them to respond with any names that came to mind. The rest of the votes were spread among a wide variety of government figures, movie stars, friends and relatives. Queen Elizabeth II of England was in the top 10 for a record 41st time.
The poll of 1,011 adults was taken between Dec. 14 and 16 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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Updated : 2021-04-20 12:49 GMT+08:00