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One Year After Yelling at an Empty Chair, Clint Eastwood More Admired Than Jimmy Carter

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top Gallup's list of the most admired people of the year.

A life-sized cardboard cutout of Clint Eastwood stands next to an empty chair cutout, Sept. 5, 2012, north of Los Angeles. (David McNew/Getty Images)

photo of Matt  Berman
December 30, 2013

Clint Eastwood, the man who scolded furniture on live television in front of millions, is more admired by more Americans than are former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, or former President George H.W. Bush, according to a new Gallup Poll. The poll, which asked Americans what living man or woman they admire most, was topped by President Obama among men and Hillary Clinton among women.

A change from last year's results may be what's most interesting, however. While Obama was named as the first or second choice for most admired man by 30 percent of respondents in 2012, that number was nearly halved this year to 16 percent. That's closer to his 2011 number of 17 percent but still marks the lowest point of his time as president. Clinton's numbers dropped as well, from 21 percent of respondents naming her as their first or second choice for most admired woman in 2012 to 15 percent this yearher lowest number since 2006.

George W. Bush came in second for most admired menwell behind Obama, however, with 4 percent. Oprah Winfrey reclaimed second place from Michelle Obama, with 6 percent to the first lady's 5 percent. Clint Eastwood came in seventh for most admired men, tied with Ron Paul and Ted Cruz. Mitt Romney and Jimmy Carter tied for 10th place.

 

You can see the full top 10 for men and women here.

(Gallup)

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