For once, President George W. Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are on the same page.
According to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll, the two philosophically opposed politicos – he a Republican, she a Democrat – are the most admired man and woman in America.
Asked to name the man they admire the most, President Bush, 57, was picked by 29 percent of Americans. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Pope John Paul II were both named by 4 percent and former President Bill Clinton was named by 3 percent, according to the survey of 1,004 adults, taken between Dec. 5-7 and reported by the Associated Press.
Sen. Clinton, 56, was selected by 16 percent of Americans, while talk-show host Oprah Winfrey was cited by 7 percent; First Lady Laura Bush, 6 percent; and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice garnered 4 percent.
The poll asked an “open-ended question,” meaning respondents were allowed to offer any names that came to mind. For both the most-admired man and woman, the remainder of votes were spread among a wide variety of individuals, says the AP, which notes that when a President is named most admired it is not uncommon for the First Lady not to be.
The poll was said to have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.