Dole edges J.Lo

Staff WriterJanuary 2, 2004 

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole is one of the 10 women in the world whom Americans admire most, according to a new Gallup poll.

She edged out singer Jennifer Lopez for 10th place.

Dole, a North Carolina Republican who has headed federal agencies and the American Red Cross, has been on the list every year for the past decade (except for one dark year, 1994).

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady and now U.S. senator from New York, was No. 1. Oprah Winfrey was No. 2, then first lady Laura Bush, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, former first lady Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth II, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and another former first lady, Nancy Reagan.

But only Clinton made it out of single digits with 16 percent. Nearly a third of respondents effectively shrugged and didn't answer; a quarter chose someone not in the top 10; and almost 10 percent named a friend or family member.

Americans asked to name the living man they admire most chose President Bush by a whopping margin. Secretary of State Colin Powell slid into second ahead of Pope John Paul II, then former President Clinton, South African leader Nelson Mandela, the Rev. Billy Graham, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Presidents Reagan and Carter -- and then a pileup for 10th place: Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, actor-turned-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Gordon Hinckley.

They could arm-wrestle for it.

But wait. Gordon Hinckley?

He's the head of the Mormons. Right. You knew that.

The telephone poll of 1,004 adults, conducted Dec. 5 to 7, has a margin of sampling error of 3 percentage points.

New Year's resolutions

Now that 2003 has drawn to a close, at least one congressman is planning for 2004.

U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, Democrat of Lillington, has an ambitious list of resolutions and wishes for the new year.

* "Spend more time with my wonderful and growing family."

* "Peace on Earth. And until then, the safety of all the American servicemen and women who are sacrificing their time and energy to secure peace and democracy in faraway and dangerous places."

* "Pass a tobacco buyout for our North Carolina farmers and continue to protect a way of life for North Carolina farmers, their families and communities."

* "Fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act. New paperwork and regulations imposed by Washington on our North Carolina schools must be accompanied with the resources to succeed."

* "Exercise more often. Daily exercise is important to maintaining health and sanity."

* "Save Social Security from privatization."

* "My Final Four: N.C. State, UNC, Duke, Wake Forest."

* "And lastly, I'd like to become a grandfather in 2004!"

World peace, babies and a little more sanity in Congress. Happy new year!

By staff writer Susan Kinzie, who can be reached at (202) 383-0001 or skinzie@newsobserver.com.

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