Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Most Admired Women: Hillary Clinton & Sarah Palin

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin are very nearly tied in the poll for most admired woman. Hillary wins at 16% to 15%. Among Independents, the women do tie, 14% to 14%.

Even more interesting, Hillary Rodham Clinton pulls in 6% of votes from Republicans while Sarah Palin doesn't even get enough votes to register from Democrats. Republicans also gave votes to Michelle Obama.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her reign as the Most Admired Woman in the eyes of Americans, but barely edges out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this year, 16% to 15%. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and first lady Michelle Obama finish third and fourth, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Queen Elizabeth II, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and poet Maya Angelou -- all regulars on the list -- joined by newcomers German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Elin Woods in the top 10.

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. 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).