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Women lead list of Gallup’s 2009 political winners
Three women — Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor — lead the list of political winners in 2009, according to a new Gallup poll.
More than 70 percent of Americans, according to the poll, believe that First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are political “winners” in 2009. Only 21 and 25 percent, respectively, viewed the two as being “losers” during the past year. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor also fared well with 57 percent viewing her positively and only 24 percent declaring her a “loser.”
President Barack Obama was also viewed favorably by most completing the poll. A full 58 percent of Americans viewed him as a “winner,” but his “loser” standing was well above the three women, with 38 percent of respondents referring to him as a political “loser” in 2009.
Those leading in the “loser” bracket are South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi and South Carolina U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, the Republican of “you lie” fame. Ratings were almost identical for Republicans in Congress and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. Of those polled, 52 percent proclaimed congressional Republicans as political “losers.” In addition, 50 percent of those polled believed Pelosi to be a political “loser.”