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Poll Finds Obama Is the Most Admired Man

Posted on Dec 26, 2008
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Obama is riding a high in public confidence and popularity as he prepares to assume the presidency on Jan. 20.

First he wins the presidency of the U.S., then he wins Time’s Man of the Year. Now a poll shows that Barack Obama holds a sizable lead among Americans as the most admired man in the world. Coming second was George W. Bush and third was John McCain, proving once again the horrible imagination Americans have when finding inspiration outside politics.

The Guardian:

President-elect Barack Obama is the man Americans say they admire most in the world, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll published today.

32% of those questioned said Obama was the man they most admired compared with 5% for President George W Bush who came in second. Defeated Republican presidential candidate John McCain came in third with 3%.

Hillary Clinton leads the list of most admired women with 20%, according to the poll. She has held this spot for 13 of the past 16 years, as first lady, then New York senator and now Obama’s choice to be secretary of state.

Alaska governor Sarah Palin, unknown in much of the US until she became the Republican party’s vice presidential candidate in the November elections, was the second most admired woman with 11%. Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey is third with 8%.

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By Dag Andersson, December 29, 2008 at 6:33 am Link to this comment

@ cyrena

Why do you insist on calling me a racist-based on stupidity and ignorance.

Here are my evidences for american ethnocentricity:
Of the top 11 people in the World Americans admire most in USA Today/Gallup poll ALL but one are American.
Have you any idea the probability that 10 of 11 should fall within a 5% (US of World population) range by chance ?
The same as getting a 7 at the crap table 20 times in a row.—Good luck in Vegas.

You ask God to “bless America”, the land of greed and gluttony, while millions of children starve to death. You should ask your God to spread his blessings elsewhere too.

Of the 15-20 friends I have in US all shows amazing lack of knowlwdge in World history,geography and politics

Foreign policy:
Best summed up by John Bolton on United Nations

And do you believe that Gitmo and Abu Ghraib would be possible without a Fundament of ethnocentricity.?  The predisposition for a Torturer         is that he feel himself to be superior to his victim,that his actions are acceptable to his “tribe” and a dehumanization of the victim and his kinfolks

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By cyrena, December 29, 2008 at 1:34 am Link to this comment

Actually Daga,

I consulted Merriam-Webster on the term as well, in addition to Encarta.

I did that for the benefit of you and others who might not be familiar with the term, as it is relatively new to our language, and mostly unheard of outside the academic venue.

Wikipedia happens to be a convenient starting point for many, and does include helpful information, though it is certainly not always correct.

That doesn’t change your own use of the term, which implied that anyone who voted in this poll must be ‘ethnocentric’ or stupid. (all 1008 of them).

So Daga, a racist is a racist, and generally is always a racist. I see that the shoe fits you, so I was helping you put it on.

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By MzScarlett, December 29, 2008 at 12:57 am Link to this comment

the “polls” are staged political propaganda like many of the practiced & staged “scenes” you see; each party has learning sessions of “what the people want to hear” & learn how to use KEY WORDS repeatedly; CHANGE is what BUSH said & used; many of Obama’s words were used verbatim what Bush ran on in 2000; Almost $500m was given by Bush to rush citizenship paperwork thru on illegals; they were all given money, & so much more: & were told to vote DEMOCRATIC. Can ANYONE see that it is a 1 party with the SAME AGENDA in reality which is a dictatorship which confers with judges as to “how to rule” such as seen in Fed courts? this also exists in the states; it is ALL a MASQUERADE: & NO ONE has EVER ABUSED the people of any country as bad as had been the citizens of the USA; sad to say, the “change” is going to be beyond horrible; fresh water supplies are to be destroyed by Gov; at every level; cannot grow anything organic; plant or animal; all environmental laws that have never been followed are exempt; all trees cut down, all animals destroyed. THIS is the “great” American “freedom” they claim you have. They will know appoint “teachers” who have no teaching or training degrees & give them huge salaries; with all $ staying of course at the top of the “committees”; pedifiles, perverts, molesters, free to do whatever they want to whomever they want with total freedom as they will never face prosecution & if they do, the “phony” judges will pardon them: just like they do Chaney, Goldsmith, & others; THIS is what they have bribed heads of other countries to do as “they have gotten away with it for years”;

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By Wesconsin, December 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment
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What can and should I say about the appointments made by a person in whose name a nation has refound hope for itself, its future, and maybe any future?  Summers’ work in Russia put a group of billionaires (cleptocrats?) in power to run the country until the next revolution.  He is significantly responsible for the USA’s current financial meltdown through his historic and current support of:

1. borrowing as the funding mechanism for public sector efforts;
2. naming the resulting deficits a calamity realized b/c the government can not do things right and/or can not do the right things; and
3. privatizing governmental functions for the profit of those with money to buy, for dimes on the dollar, the assetts purchased with the debt we will collectively pay while the new owners of our infrastructure maximize its use in generating income until the government is forced to buy it back and rebuild it for our collective safety.

Who is Obama to select the leader of one of the most secretive hedge funds as the leader of his economic advisory team?  How is that nomination supposed to represent change from a system in which the wealthy now occupy the culture of poverty the right has for decades laid on the doorsteps of the poor and various discounted groups?  That’s right, they have cultivated and now harvested a $5T-plus government payment through their own failings.  And Obama says it is not productive to look back and assign blame, but then he places creators of the wreck back in the driver’s seat.

With appointments like these, I have to begin fighting the administration to whose creation from a campaign I gave so much of myself.

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By Back bencher, December 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve always wondered how these polls are taken, how the participants are selected. Bush had a similar favorable rating right after 9/11 Not from me or anyone I knew (in Brooklyn) but there it was 78% of people approved of Bush’s post 9/11 action.

Those people must all live someplace OTHER than New York.

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By whitebeard, December 27, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

As always in America: style triumphs over substance.

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By Dag Andersson, December 27, 2008 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

@ cyrena
Wou wrote:

Go back to your dictionary, and look up the word RACIST. It will have your picture next to it.


Your Comment is wide off the mark.
First your definition of Ethnocentrism. Maybe if you had used encyclopedia Encyclopedia  and not Wikipedia ?

“Ethnocentrism the feeling that one’s group has a mode of living, values, and patterns of adaptation that are superior to those of other groups. It is coupled with a generalized contempt for members of other groups. Ethnocentrism may manifest itself in attitudes of superiority or sometimes hostility. Violence, discrimination, proselytizing, and verbal aggressiveness are other means whereby ethnocentrism may be expressed”

As you can see -it’s not about racism. Speaking of the Devil: My hope ( and prediction) for the future is that in 15-20 generations we’ll all be atheists with   slanty eyes and well tanned skin.—> peace on Earth.

I recommend you first make sure you understand the meaning of “foreign words” b4 you start your ranting diarrhoea of namecalling.

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By cyrena, December 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment

By daga, December 26 at 4:58 pm #

The only conclusion I can draw from this poll is the ethnocentricity and stupidity dominating the american people….and how media have failed.

You people need an awakening.


I think we’re probably awake daga. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to IMMEDIATELY pick up on your accusations of ‘ethnocentrism’ on the part of the 1008 people. Barack Obama is biracial. (black and white..easy enough to figure out). So what you’re suggesting that because Obama is biracial, the only reason he’s admired is because of that. The US has a population of 300 million (give or take, since a bunch of folks have hauled ass out of here) and a mere 13% of the population is black.

So, your implication here is that this poll only included black (or maybe biracial) people, and that the only reason we admire him is because we’re ethnocentric.
“Ethnocentrism is the tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one’s own culture. Ethnocentrism often entails the belief that one’s own race or ethnic group is the most important and/or that some or all aspects of its culture are superior to those of other groups. Within this ideology, individuals will judge other groups in relation to their own particular ethnic group or culture, especially with concern to language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and sub-divisions serve to define each ethnicity’s unique cultural identity.[1]”
Or, if it’s not our ‘ethnocentricity’ then it’s because we’re stupid.

You’ve exposed yourself as the ignorant racist that you are, if you’re applying such a term to the American people as a whole. You’d have done better, (and your racism wouldn’t be so obvious) if you’d just accused us of Nationalism. But then, considering our very long history of racism against people of color here, that wouldn’t really fit as being a reason to admire Barack Obama…for us or the rest of the world.

So, let me paraphrase your statement again. The only reason why Barack Obama is so widely admired (world wide) is because he’s black (the statement wouldn’t work if we considered the white part) and because the American people are stupid. And the reason the American people are stupid, is because the media failed. How did the media ‘fail’ us in our selection of a president?

Go back to your dictionary, and look up the word RACIST. It will have your picture next to it.

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By Dag Andersson, December 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

The only conclusion I can draw from this poll is the ethnocentricity and stupidity dominating the american people….and how media have failed.

  You people need an awakening.

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By cyrena, December 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

So what again?! How he is going to be different from the political-military establishment that has been wracking havoc with the fortunes of the homeland for so long?!



You’ve got a point. “Admiration” isn’t something the American people can take to the bank. But then, that wouldn’t really beWHY he’s ‘admired’ by 32% of 1008 people polled, with a 3% margin of error, now would it? The poll doesn’t address WHY he is admired, only that he is. Additionally, this is a world poll if I read it correctly, conducted by Gallop. The rest of the world isn’t necessarily as willfully ignorant as Americans.

As for “how is he GOING to be different”  from what we’ve had all, who can answer that question other than God. (unless you know somebody else that can predict the future or read Barack Hussein Obama’s mind, and predict how he will act.)

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By troublesum, December 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Put Hitler’s face on tv everyday and he would soon be the most admired man in America.  Most Americans know only what they see on tv.

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By Little Brother, December 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

I have to admit that I expected this article to revive the theme of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” sung so fervently by Obama supporters during the home stretch of the campaign.  But once I read the “win, place & show” context, it became too absurd for anything but amusement.  At best, and however unintentionally, it damns Obama with faint praise.

Without delving into the exact methodology of the survey, e.g. the precise wording of the questions, the target demographic, etc., if the survey is anywhere close to an accurate reflection of broad Amerikan opinion, we truly are a constituency of dunces.

I’m reminded of the frustration and exasperation of Roger Myers, desperately trying to reverse falling ratings on a moneymaking cartoon show—and discovering the pitfalls of looking to the Amerikan public for wisdom and guidance…

The Simpsons’ episode “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” includes a scene in which a “focus group” of kids is assembled to watch clips of the show, electronically signal approval or disapproval by turning a knob right or left, and discuss their opinions with a Moderator (“Man”).  Meanwhile producer Roger Myers (“Myers”) watches, hidden and almost silent behind a two-way mirror—until he just can’t stand it any more:

Man: How many of you kids would like Itchy & Scratchy to deal with real-life problems, like the ones you face every day?

Kids: [clamoring] Oh, yeah!  I would!  Great idea!  Yeah, that’s it!

Man: And who would like to see them do just the opposite—getting into far-out situations involving robots and magic powers?

Kids: [clamoring] Me!  Yeah!  Oh, cool!  Yeah, that’s what I want!

Man: So, you want a realistic, down-to-earth show… that’s completely off-the-wall and swarming with magic robots?

Kids: [all agreeing, quieter this time] That’s right.  Oh yeah, good.

Milhouse [kid]: And also, you should win things by watching.

Myers, fed up, turns on the light in the observation booth, making himself visible to the kids.

Myers: You kids don’t know what you want!  That’s why you’re still kids; ‘cause you’re stupid!

[sticks his face to the window, deforming his nose]  Just tell me what’s wrong with the freakin’ show!

[turns the lights out]

Ralph: [starts crying, turns the knob left]  Mommy!

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 26, 2008 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

Poll Shows Obama is Admired!

So what?! How are you going to take that to the bank of the average citizen?!

And how are you going to factor that in solving the deep troubles of a country that stupidly insist on not learning the lessons of history?!

So what again?! How he is going to be different from the political-military establishment that has been wracking havoc with the fortunes of the homeland for so long?!

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