President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton are the most admired people in America, according to year-ending Gallup polls.
Every December since 1946, the polling service has asked Americans who they most admire. In 2010, approximately 22 percent of respondents selected Obama, which is less than the 30 percent he received in 2009 and 32 percent in 2008. Presidents have dominated the Most Admired Man poll since its inception, taking the No. 1 spot in 52 of the 64 years.
Rounding out the top five on the 2010 list are George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates. Among Democrats who voted in the poll, 46 percent selected Obama, while only 6 percent of Republicans picked the current President. Bush earned the top spot among conservatives with 11 percent, while FOX News commentator Glenn Beck came in third with 4 percent.
Hillary Clinton was named the Most Admired Woman for the ninth consecutive year, receiving 17 percent of the vote. Former Alaska Governor and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin was second with 12 percent, while TV host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey rounded out the top three with 11 percent.
While Palin is admired by many Americans, most Republicans would still rather see another GOP candidate emerge in the 2012 presidential race. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, only 49 percent of Republicans said they would support Palin in a presidential election, compared to about 67 percent backing for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and 59 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.