Asked "what woman living today do you admire the most," 16 percent cited Clinton, while 15 percent chose Palin. Rounding out the top five were Oprah Winfrey (eight percent), Condoleezza Rice (two percent) and Queen Elizabeth (two percent).
USA Today reports that nearly 30 percent of Democrats chose Clinton, while just six percent of Republicans did so. On the flip side, Palin was the choice of one in three Republicans but less than one percent of Democrats.
Clinton has been among the top two most admired women in the yearly poll for the past 17 years.
As for the men: President Obama easily topped the list of the most admired living man, taking 30 percent of the vote. He was followed by George W. Bush (four percent), Nelson Mandela (three percent), Glenn Beck (two percent) and Pope Benedict XVI (two percent).
A bit more from the poll: "Among men, former president Bill Clinton ties for 10th with Tiger Woods, the golfer engulfed in scandal. Elin Nordegren Woods, the athlete's wife, ties with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the ninth most-admired woman."