Poll: Obama Is More Popular Than Jesus
At least, more people think of him as their hero than Jesus.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – February 19, 2009 – When The Harris Poll® asked a crosssection of adult Americans to say whom they admire enough to call their heroes, President Barack Obama was mentioned most often, followed by Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King. Others in the top ten, in descending order, were Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, Chesley Sullenberger and Mother Teresa.
These heroes were named spontaneously. Those surveyed were not shown or read a list of people to choose from. The Harris Poll was conducted online among a sample of 2,634 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive® between January 12 and 19, 2009.
Meh. It’s a fad. People used to have pet rocks and wear Members Only jackets too.
What’s interesting is Reagan coming in third over twenty years after his last day in office. Twenty years during which the media and pop culture has not been especially kind to his legacy.
If Obama can achieve that, I’ll think he’s the real deal. As it is, I’m guessing he’ll end up being more Jimmy Carter than Reagan.