Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during the news conference at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 17, 2009.REUTERS/Christian Charisius (DENMARK - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)
Mister O. may be America's most admired man this year according to a new poll, but Hillary edges him out as the most popular person according to another.
A Gallup poll released on Wednesday rated Obama as clearly America's most admired man with 30 percent of those surveyed voting for him. Former President George W Bush came in a distant second with 4 percent while former South Africa President Nelson Mandela scored 3 percent in the poll.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that the president's poll numbers pale in comparison to the favourable ratings of Hillary.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a press briefing at the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Clinton announced that the United States is prepared to join other rich countries in raising $100 billion in yearly climate financing for poor countries by 2020.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in the survey have a favourable view of Obama, with four in 10 holding an unfavourable view. But the president's favourable rating is 10 points below that of his wife and 6 points behind the secretary of state.
According to the poll, Sixty-four percent of the public have a positive view of Clinton, with three in 10 holding an unfavourable view.
The survey indicated that nearly nine out of 10 Democrats have a positive view of the president, with Independents split and more than 3 out of 4 Republicans seeing Obama in an unfavourable way. Obama's favourable rating is down 6 points from August and 11 points from April.
In the Gallup poll, Hillary Clinton narrowly edged out former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Americans' most admired woman with 16 percent of Americans rooting for her, while Sarah Palin won the admiration of 15 percent. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and first lady Michelle Obama came in at No. 3 and No. 4 with 8 percent and 7 percent respectively.
"Hillary Clinton has now been named Most Admired Woman 14 times since 1993, spanning her career as first lady, New York senator, and now secretary of state," Gallup stated. "The three times she has not finished first during this time, she earned second place(to Laura Bush in 2001 and to Mother Teresa in 1995 and 1996)."
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell shares a light moment with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) during his portrait unveiling ceremony at the State Department in Washington, December 7, 2009.REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang (UNITED STATES POLITICS)
So,congratulations, Hillary !
I've got a question to ask you :
what are you doing in such an administration, with such a clown as president ?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes her bag before leaving the Bella Center where the plenary session of the UN Climate Summit is underway in Copenhagen, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009.(AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)