The Winners: Bush And Hillary

President Bush waves as he arrives to make remarks during a Bush-Cheney 2004 fund-raising luncheon, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, in Baltimore, Md. Standing behind Bush Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. AP

George W. Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton are finally on the same ticket - the most admired man and woman in America, according to a poll released Monday.

The Republican president and the Democratic senator from New York and former first lady won't be found on the same sides of many political issues. But they're both seen in a favorable light by the American public.

When people were asked to name the man they admire the most, President Bush was picked by 29 percent. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Pope John Paul II were named by 4 percent and former President Clinton was named by 3 percent, according to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll.

Sen. Clinton was named by 16 percent, while talk show host Oprah Winfrey was picked by 7 percent, first lady Laura Bush by 6 percent and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice by 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 most-admired woman, the remainder of votes were spread among a wide variety of individuals.

The incumbent president is almost always the most admired man in such polls, but it's not uncommon for the first lady not to be the most admired woman.

The poll of 1,004 adults was taken Dec. 5-7 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

  • Joel Roberts

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