A poll from USA TODAY and Gallup finds that Hillary Clinton outshines Sarah Palin as the most admired woman on the U.S. by only one percentage point, Hillary with 16 percent and the former Alaskan governor with 15 percent. That's chilling. Oprah Winfrey and Michel Obama follow, along with six others, four of them tie with one percentage point.
The close finish by Clinton, named by 16% in the open-ended survey, and Palin, named by 15%, reflects the nation's partisan divide. Clinton was cited by nearly 3 in 10 Democrats but only 6% of Republicans, Palin by a third of Republicans but less than 1% of Democrats.
President Barack Obama is the landslide winner among men for the second time, with 30% of Americans naming him as the Most Admired Man this year. Obama won last year with 32%, and both totals are among the highest Gallup has measured for a winner, with George W. Bush's 39% in 2001 remaining the all-time high for Most Admired Man.
USA Today and Gallup provide charts as well as other analysis. They point out that the president's figures are interesting in light of declining approval ratings.