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Oprah Winfrey has just been voted the most admired woman in America according to a poll conducted by Newsweek and their sister site The Daily Beast. Oprah, who garnered 25% of the votes, was not the only African American woman on the list. Americans also think very highly of First Lady Michelle Obama, who received 12% of the votes, just beating out Condoleezza Rice’s 10% take. The entire list of women presented for evaluation ranks as follows:

1. Oprah Winfrey, 25%

2. Hillary Clinton, 17%

3. Michelle Obama, 12%

4. Condoleezza Rice, 10%

5. Laura Bush, 9%

6. Diane Sawyer, 7%

7. Sarah Palin, 6%

As this poll is “the national representative sample of 400 women, assessing women’s opinions on a number of women’s issues, the 2012 election, and Clinton specifically” (according to The Daily Beast), the results are very striking. Sarah Palin seems to think that she can beat President Obama in the 2012 election — but she can’t even beat his wife. Now, we all know Michelle is bad, so this comparison is not meant to put her down in any fashion. But realistically, if the first lady has twice as much nationwide approval than Palin, chances are that the American people have much more confidence in her husband going into the 2012 election, who is already doing the job. Even Condoleezza Rice might make a more viable Republican presidential candidate, based on these numbers.

Via: Alexis Stodghill (

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