When a sampling of 2,634 American adults were asked whom they admired enough to call their No. 1 hero, the majority of respondents answered “President Obama.”
In the new online Harris poll, citizens chose Jesus Christ as No. 2, followed by Martin Luther King, according to a UPI report.
Others in the top ten, in descending order, were Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, Chesley Sullenberger (the pilot who landed his jet safely in the Hudson River), and Mother Teresa, according to Harris Interactive.
God was 11th
The respondents were not provided a list of names. They named their “heroes” spontaneously. The poll was conducted January 12-19.
In the first such survey, in 2001, Jesus was first, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was second and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was third. Obama wasn’t mentioned.