Palin Galluping Off the Chart
In these days of political woe and want, when fiscal cliffs, and debt ceilings, and oil rig groundings get us down, there’s really nothing like another little piece of confirmation that Sarah Palin is slipping into oblivion to make us at Mudflats central clonk our coffee mugs together and smile. It doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s still nice. It’s like the empty calories from a butterscotch candy.
So, here’s one.
Every year since the 1940s, Gallup has done a poll asking Americans two simple questions: What man/woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice? And thus, the pulse of the nation is taken, and we get a quick snapshot of who springs to the mind of the American collective when they think of their fellow humans who are important, relevant, admirable people.
It shouldn’t surprise us that despite the obsessive right wing loathing that has followed her ever since she had the audacity and uppity-ness to be a strong First Lady, the most admired woman of 2012 was Hillary Clinton. She’s been put through the Republican wringer more times than we can count, but has risen above the fray. She has been named the most-admired woman for a record 17 times since she became a national figure back in 1992. Eleanor Roosevelt had previously held the record, named 13 times as the most-admired woman.
But, back to our little piece of candy. Sarah Palin continues her steady plummet off the charts. In case you were unaware, Sarah Palin used to be governor here in the state of Alaska, but she decided she’d rather write books and star in TV shows, and go on Fox News where she opened and closed her mouth while making sound for money, so she quit. Why she has not become utterly unadmired by this point is still a mystery, but her trajectory is true and clear, and it mercifully points straight down.
In 2009, Palin was nipping at Clinton’s heels for most admired status with 15% of the vote to Clinton’s 16%. It was a scary year, but she never did surpass our Secretary of State, sparing future generations of Americans who look at the results of the poll the humiliation of knowing they are part of a species that put Palin on top of that list.
The top five for 2012 fell out like this: Clinton tops the list with 21%, followed by Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleeza Rice. Palin shares fifth place with Queen Elizabeth II, Malala Yousefzai, and Margaret Thatcher, all with 2%.
Completely off the chart this year is Palin’s political twin (only with elected office), Michele Bachmann.
Barack Obama has some catching up to do if he wants to break records, but he was named most admired man for the fifth time in a row. Dwight Eisenhower holds the record, named 12 times.President Obama had 30 percent of the vote, followed by Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, the Reverend Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI.
You can see the full results of the poll HERE. I have a good feeling about next year.