Gallup actually made a mistake as 2010 is the third-straight year in which Governor Palin has been rated as America’s second most-admired woman. She was second in 2008 and 2009 as well.
Two things stand out to me about this year’s poll. The first thing is that it appears that no Republican chose either Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee as their most admired man but 26% chose Governor Palin as their most admired woman.
The second is the degree to which Barack Obama’s support has declined. 32% of Americans named him as the person they most admire in 2008 but the percentage of Americans willing to give him that label has fallen by over 30% since 2008. The percentage that Obama gets now is the percentage that every American President gets.
Center-right Abe Greenwald from Commentary has the following thoughts about the poll:
And speaking of the 2008 election, the Democrats’ national nightmare, Sarah Palin, came in second to Hillary. Palin beat out none other than omnipresent cultural goddess Oprah Winfrey, who came in third (Both beat out First Lady Michelle Obama, who came in fourth).
To my mind, the big win goes to Palin. For all the pundit chatter about her not being a viable contender for president, the public admires her more than the most beloved media personality in the country. Like Oprah, Palin channeled her talent to connect with Americans toward its most efficient use. The Tea Party allowed her to showcase her ability, raise her market value, and serve a cause she believes in: America. Right before the eyes of antagonistic columnists and hostile comics she became the credible face of the most transformative political movement the country has seen in decades. Her faults are apparent enough, but it’s not hard to see how the right circumstances are able to bring her talents center stage. And it’s not hard to see why everyone loves lists.
I’ll go ahead and predict that Governor Palin wins the title next year and ends Clinton’s nine-year reign at the top.