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Obama most admired by Americans, again

For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama is the most admired man in the United States, according to a survey by USA Today and Gallup.

Obama was cited by 30 percent of respondents as the man they admired most, the third highest score by a president since Gallup began the year-end poll in 1948. The only presidents to score higher were George W. Bush in 2001, following the attacks of Sept. 11, and John F. Kennedy in 1961, his first year in office.

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On the women's side, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin finished in a virtual dead heat, with 16 and 15 percent.

For the second year in a row, George W. Bush finished a distant second to Obama, this time with 4 percent. Former South African President Nelson Mandela finished third with 3 percent.

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Two faith leaders appeared among the male top five: Pope Benedict XVI and the Rev. Billy Graham tied with Glenn Beck and Bill Gates for fourth place, all with 2 percent.

Rounding out the top five women were Oprah Winfrey, third with 8 percent, Michelle Obama, fourth with 7 percent, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Queen Elizabeth II, tied for fifth with 2 percent.

Elizabeth can be called a religious leader, too, inasmuch as her titles include defender of the faith and supreme governor of the Church of England.

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