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What do Obama and Reagan have in common?

December 28, 2010 |  6:54 pm

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Despite President Obama's low approval ratings, which are at 45%, he is still the most admired man in America for the third year in a row, according to a recent USA Today-Gallup poll. How can that be? Our columnist Doyle McManus weighed in Tuesday morning on KPCC's "AirTalk."

Doyle McManus_Bio "I think we need to disentangle these numbers a little bit because they're measuring different things and they're asking different questions," he said. "It's not a number that tells you an awful lot about the politics of the moment."

What the number does reveal is that Obama has a hardcore fan base. So why, then, does he have a fairly low job rating?

"That’s mostly, we think, because there's a terrible recession on and he hasn't fixed it," McManus said. "The same thing happened to Ronald Reagan in his first term when he had a terrible recession [yet was still] someone Americans admired."

As for the women, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most admired of 2010, but trailing her closely is Sarah Palin. Here's the podcast for further analysis.

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-- Alexandra Le Tellier

Photo: Obama waves as he addresses troops during a Veteran's Day event at US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul on November 11, 2010 on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Jim Watson / Getty Images

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