The Gallup Poll has just released a survey that is going to surprise more than a few folks. It surprised me, for example.
It says President Barack Obama is the most admired man in America — by a comfortable margin at that.
The most admired woman happens to be former first lady/Sen./Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Why is this so surprising? I see a couple of interesting things here.
The first one is obvious. President Obama has had a rough year, particularly as it relates to the unveiling of the Affordable Care Act. The debut of the ACA was a disaster, technically speaking. The rollout came on top of a barrage of criticism of the ACA from Republicans who managed somehow to win the argument.
Despite all the bad press, the president continues to stand fairly tall in the minds of millions of Americans.
Much the same can be said of Hillary Clinton, who left public office at the beginning of the year as a controversy over her office’s handling of an uprising in Libya drew fire. The consulate in Benghazi was attacked, four Americans died in a ferocious fire fight and Clinton took lots of heat over the way her office handled the initial response.
Yet, for the 12th year in a row, she remains America’s most admired woman.
The second factor is interesting as well, in that Gallup isn’t exactly known for favoring so-called “liberals.” The poll long has been viewed by observers as tilting a tad to the right. Still, the poll is deemed reputable.
The lesson here might only be that we need not pay too much attention to the chattering class that so often seems to outshout the rest of the us.