Poll: Obama, Clinton Still America's Most Admired PersonsSubmitted by Alliance With None on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 07:50
Americans also cited those who serve: Connecticut teachers and U.S. troops.
A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll on whom Americans admire the most reveals something new, and something not so new: Hillary Rodham Clinton is once again the most admired woman, and Barack Obama is once again the most admired man.
But the emotional scars of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre evoked an unusual answer from some poll respondents. For the first time, the public put "Connecticut teachers" and "U.S. troops" on their lists of admired individuals.
Americans have always looked up most to their president since the poll began in 1948 with Harry Truman as the most admired. But choices also reflect people in the news, and the school shooting clearly had an impact.
Although Gallup's Lydia Saad says their survey tracks admired individuals, not groups, 2% of those surveyed named the Connecticut teachers for "most admired woman." They may have been mindful of the deaths of six female staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killed as they tried to protect their students. The survey was conducted a week after the Dec. 14 shootings.