Deen vs. Obama – Harris Poll Uncovers Who Really Had the Worst 2013

    NEW YORK , N.Y. – December 18, 2013 – What do the cast of Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Christie have in common? According to the latest Harris Poll, they’ve had among the best 2013’s, while Barack Obama and Paula Deen are seen as having had among the worst.

    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,039 U.S. adults surveyed online between December 6 and 10, 2013 by Harris Interactive.

    Top of their Game

    2013 was a series of highs and lows for many celebrities, but when asked which star, from a provided list, had the best 2013, nearly half of Americans (45%) selected the cast of Duck Dynasty, with a hit television show and Christmas album, as having reason to celebrate this season. Other stars perceived as most enjoying a good year include:

    • Jennifer Lawrence (36%)
    • Sandra Bullock (30%)
    • Justin Timberlake (23%)

    Deen’s Fall from Fame

    It’s definitely not a stretch to say that Paula Deen’s popularity has been put on the back burner in 2013. Her scandal earlier this year may still be haunting her, as the highest percentage of Americans selected her as the celebrity having the worst year (46%). Think there’s no such thing as bad publicity? Think again! Despite Miley Cyrus’ constant presence in the news this year, our favorite twerking celebrity was America’s close-second contender for worst year (44%).

    • Amanda Bynes, who has been in and out of rehab and was recently released to the custody of her parents, came in a distant third (28%)

    Political best and worst

    One politician who should be glad to see the year come to a close is the President. Among the politicians tested, Barack Obama comes in third among those politicians tested as having the best year, but comes in first place – by a high margin – as having had the worst year. According to the poll:

    Best…

    • Cream of the Crop. Chris Christie is on top in first place (32%) as having the best perceived year, followed by Hillary Clinton in second place (26%) and Barack Obama in third (19%). Rounding out the list is Senator Ted Cruz (12%), new Senator Cory Booker (7%) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (3%).

      • Rankings fell in the same order, though slightly higher for Christie (34%) and Clinton (28%), among Independents, with Obama again in 3 rd place at 16%.

      • Clinton also holds the top position among Democrats (31%), followed by Obama in 2nd (29%) and Christie in 3rd (24%).

      • Among Republicans, Chris Christie was the top pick for having had the best year (42%), followed by Ted Cruz (24%) and Hilary Clinton (18%).

      • Women are most likely to believe Hillary Clinton had the best 2013 (30%), by a narrow margin over Christie (29%).

    And Worst…

    • Playing both sides . On this side, the verdict is a bit clearer as almost half of Americans (46%) say Barack Obama had the worst year in politics. Anthony Weiner takes home 26% of the overall vote, while John Boehner comes in 3rd place at 13%. On the bottom half of this list are Ted Cruz (9%), Harry Reid (4%) and Mitch McConnell (3%).

      • Republicans and Independents rank the politicians in that same descending order.

      • Over 7 in 10 Republicans (72%) place Obama at the top of the list, with a wide margin over Weiner (16%) and Boehner (6%).

      • Among Independents, Obama received 46% of the vote, followed by 27% for Weiner and 12% for Boehner.

      • Among Democrats, Weiner is the #1 pick for worst year (35%), followed by a tight race between Obama (23%) and Boehner (20%).

    Role Reversal

    While politicians often achieve celebrity status, the Harris Poll sought to find out which celebrities were perceived as potentially making the best president. Clint Eastwood, a diehard Republican who supported the party by talking to a chair at the 2012 GOP convention, was the top selection (29%) followed by Tom Hanks (25%) and George Clooney (16%). Looking at this by party, half of Republicans (50%) say Clint Eastwood would be the best president while one-third of Democrats (34%) say it would be Tom Hanks. Among Independents, just over one-quarter say Clint Eastwood (27%) while just under say Tom Hanks (23%).

    And the award goes to…

    We’ve seen instances where celebrities have won awards for portraying presidents – Daniel Day Lewis won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln and Greg Kinnear snagged an Emmy nomination for playing JFK – but what about presidents who should win an Academy Award for their time in office?

    When asked which president they would choose to win an Oscar for their time in office, Ronald Reagan was the winner with 27% of the vote, followed closely by Bill Clinton (25%) and more distantly by Obama (11%). Nearly half of Republicans (45%) say Ronald Reagan should win the Oscar, while 37% of Democrats say Bill Clinton should. Independents are again divided, with 28% saying Reagan and 24% saying Clinton.

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    TABLE 1a

    WHICH CELEBRITY HAD THE BEST 2013 – by Age & Gender

    Thinking now of the past year, of the following celebrities, which of the two would you say had the best 2013? Please select up to two responses.

    Base: All U.S. adults

    Total

    Age

    Gender

    18-34

    35-44

    45-54

    55-64

    65+

    Male

    Female

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    The cast of Duck Dynasty

    45

    34

    59

    51

    43

    47

    44

    46

    Jennifer Lawrence

    36

    48

    35

    38

    28

    22

    37

    34

    Sandra Bullock

    30

    16

    24

    32

    43

    43

    30

    30

    Justin Timberlake

    23

    24

    23

    21

    23

    23

    19

    27

    Miley Cyrus

    18

    24

    15

    16

    14

    15

    19

    16

    Ben Affleck

    16

    11

    12

    12

    20

    27

    17

    15

    Kim Kardashian

    10

    13

    8

    10

    9

    6

    9

    10

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    7

    10

    7

    7

    3

    5

    7

    6

    Note: Multiple responses allowed

     

    TABLE 1b

    WHICH CELEBRITY HAD THE BEST 2013 – Top 3 by Age & Gender

    Thinking now of the past year, of the following celebrities, which of the two would you say had the best 2013? Please select up to two responses.

    Base: All U.S. adults

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Total

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Sandra Bullock

    18-34

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Justin Timberlake/Miley Cyrus (tie)

    35-44

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Sandra Bullock

    45-54

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Sandra Bullock

    55-64

    Cast of Duck Dynasty/Sandra Bullock (tie)

    Jennifer Lawrence

    65+

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Sandra Bullock

    Ben Affleck

    Male

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Sandra Bullock

    Female

    Cast of Duck Dynasty

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Sandra Bullock


    TABLE 2a

    WHICH CELEBRITY HAD THE WORST 2013 – by Age & Gender

    And, of the following celebrities, which two would you say had the worst 2013? Please select up to two responses.

    Base: All U.S. adults

    Total

    Age

    Gender

    18-34

    35-44

    45-54

    55-64

    65+

    Male

    Female

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Paula Deen

    46

    36

    48

    56

    50

    44

    44

    47

    Miley Cyrus

    44

    44

    46

    38

    40

    50

    36

    50

    Amanda Bynes

    28

    43

    34

    29

    16

    9

    26

    30

    Justin Bieber

    21

    27

    15

    18

    18

    22

    23

    19

    Alex Rodriguez

    17

    14

    14

    19

    19

    20

    22

    11

    Alec Baldwin

    14

    8

    10

    16

    17

    23

    16

    12

    Khloe Kardashian

    13

    11

    12

    10

    19

    15

    13

    14

    CeeLo Green

    5

    4

    5

    3

    5

    6

    5

    4

    Reese Witherspoon

    4

    4

    4

    3

    4

    5

    5

    3

    Note: Multiple responses allowed

     

    TABLE 2b

    WHICH CELEBRITY HAD THE WORST 2013 – Top 3 by Age & Gender

    And, of the following celebrities, which two would you say had the worst 2013? Please select up to two responses.

    Base: All U.S. adults

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Total

    Paula Deen

    Miley Cyrus

    Amanda Bynes

    18-34

    Miley Cyrus

    Amanda Bynes

    Paula Deen

    35-44

    Paula Deen

    Miley Cyrus

    Amanda Bynes

    45-54

    Paula Deen

    Miley Cyrus

    Amanda Bynes

    55-64

    Paula Deen

    Miley Cyrus

    Alex Rodriguez/Khloe Kardashian (tie)

    65+

    Miley Cyrus

    Paula Deen

    Alec Baldwin

    Male

    Paula Deen

    Miley Cyrus

    Amanda Bynes

    Female

    Miley Cyrus

    Paula Deen

    Amanda Bynes

     

    TABLE 3a

    WHICH POLITICIAN HAD THE BEST 2013 – by Age, Gender & Political Party

    Now thinking of politicians, of the following, which politician had the best 2013?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    Total

    Age

    Gender

    Political Party

    18-34

    35-44

    45-54

    55-64

    65+

    Male

    Female

    Republican

    Democrat

    Independent

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Chris Christie

    32

    18

    34

    38

    37

    41

    35

    29

    42

    24

    34

    Hillary Clinton

    26

    30

    24

    27

    25

    22

    22

    30

    18

    31

    28

    Barack Obama

    19

    30

    18

    16

    15

    11

    18

    21

    7

    29

    16

    Ted Cruz

    12

    10

    15

    8

    14

    14

    14

    10

    24

    2

    11

    Cory Booker

    7

    7

    7

    7

    7

    8

    8

    6

    3

    11

    7

    Harry Reid

    3

    4

    2

    4

    4

    3

    3

    4

    6

    2

    2

    Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

     

    TABLE 3b

    WHICH POLITICIAN HAD THE BEST 2013 – Top 3 by Age & Gender

    Now thinking of politicians, of the following, which politician had the best 2013?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Total

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    18-34

    Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton (tie)

    Chris Christie

    35-44

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    45-54

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    55-64

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    65+

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Ted Cruz

    Male

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Female

    Hillary Clinton

    Chris Christie

    Barack Obama

    Republican

    Chris Christie

    Ted Cruz

    Hillary Clinton

    Democrat

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Chris Christie

    Independent

    Chris Christie

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama


    TABLE 4a

    WHICH POLITICIAN HAD THE WORST 2013 – by Age, Gender & Political Party

    And, of the following, which politician had the worst 2013?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    Total

    Age

    Gender

    Political Party

    18-34

    35-44

    45-54

    55-64

    65+

    Male

    Female

    Republican

    Democrat

    Independent

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Barack Obama

    46

    44

    45

    45

    49

    46

    44

    47

    72

    23

    46

    Anthony Weiner

    26

    25

    28

    26

    24

    29

    24

    29

    16

    35

    27

    John Boehner

    13

    10

    12

    14

    14

    13

    14

    11

    6

    20

    12

    Ted Cruz

    9

    9

    7

    11

    9

    8

    11

    6

    2

    14

    7

    Harry Reid

    4

    7

    4

    2

    3

    2

    3

    4

    2

    4

    4

    Mitch McConnell

    3

    6

    2

    2

    1

    1

    3

    3

    1

    4

    3

    Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

     

    TABLE 4b

    WHICH POLITICIAN HAD THE WORST 2013 – Top 3 by Age & Gender

    And, of the following, which politician had the worst 2013?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Total

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    18-34

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    35-44

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    45-54

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    55-64

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    65+

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    Male

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    Female

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    Republican

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner

    Democrat

    Anthony Weiner

    Barack Obama

    John Boehner

    Independent

    Barack Obama

    Anthony Weiner

    John Boehner


    TABLE 5a

    WHICH CELEBRITY WOULD MAKE THE BEST PRESIDENT – by Age, Gender & Political Party

    Of the following celebrities, which one do you think would make the best President?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    Total

    Age

    Gender

    Political Party

    18-34

    35-44

    45-54

    55-64

    65+

    Male

    Female

    Republican

    Democrat

    Independent

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Clint Eastwood

    29

    26

    23

    31

    32

    32

    34

    24

    50

    15

    27

    Tom Hanks

    25

    24

    29

    23

    26

    25

    24

    27

    19

    34

    23

    George Clooney

    16

    21

    13

    20

    11

    11

    15

    16

    7

    22

    15

    Tom Selleck

    13

    5

    13

    14

    18

    21

    14

    13

    17

    8

    15

    Angelina Jolie

    6

    11

    8

    4

    3

    3

    6

    7

    3

    6

    8

    Ben Affleck

    6

    7

    7

    6

    6

    5

    6

    7

    2

    9

    7

    Julia Roberts

    4

    5

    6

    3

    3

    3

    2

    6

    2

    5

    5

    Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

     

    TABLE 5b

    WHICH CELEBRITY WOULD MAKE THE BEST PRESIDENT – Top 3 by Age, Gender & Political Party

    Of the following celebrities, which one do you think would make the best President?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Total

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    George Clooney

    18-34

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    George Clooney

    35-44

    Tom Hanks

    Clint Eastwood

    George Clooney/Tom Selleck (tie)

    45-54

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    George Clooney

    55-64

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    Tom Selleck

    65+

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    Tom Selleck

    Male

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    George Clooney

    Female

    Tom Hanks

    Clint Eastwood

    George Clooney

    Republican

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    Tom Selleck

    Democrat

    Tom Hanks

    George Clooney

    Clint Eastwood

    Independent

    Clint Eastwood

    Tom Hanks

    George Clooney/Tom Selleck (tie)


    TABLE 6a

    WHICH PRESIDENT SHOULD WIN ACADEMY AWARD FOR THEIR TIME IN OFFICE – by Age, Gender & Political Party

    Of the following Presidents, which one do you think should win the Academy Award for their time in office?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    Total

    Age

    Gender

    Political Party

    18-34

    35-44

    45-54

    55-64

    65+

    Male

    Female

    Republican

    Democrat

    Independent

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Any listed (NET)

    80

    81

    78

    81

    82

    78

    82

    78

    83

    82

    77

    Ronald Reagan

    27

    21

    24

    28

    29

    35

    28

    26

    45

    13

    28

    Bill Clinton

    25

    25

    29

    28

    22

    23

    26

    24

    13

    37

    24

    Barack Obama

    11

    13

    10

    11

    11

    9

    11

    11

    8

    18

    7

    George W. Bush

    7

    10

    7

    6

    6

    5

    7

    7

    10

    4

    6

    Jimmy Carter

    4

    3

    4

    4

    6

    2

    2

    5

    2

    4

    5

    Richard Nixon

    3

    4

    1

    2

    6

    2

    4

    3

    2

    4

    3

    George H.W. Bush

    2

    4

    1

    1

    1

    2

    2

    2

    2

    1

    2

    Gerald Ford

    1

    1

    2

    1

    2

    1

    1

    1

    1

    2

    1

    None of these

    20

    19

    22

    19

    18

    22

    18

    22

    17

    18

    23

    Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

     

    TABLE 6b

    WHICH PRESIDENT SHOULD WIN ACADEMY AWARD FOR THEIR TIME IN OFFICE – Top 3 by Age, Gender & Political Party

    Of the following Presidents, which one do you think should win the Academy Award for their time in office?

    Base: All U.S. adults

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Total

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama

    18-34

    Bill Clinton

    Ronald Reagan

    Barack Obama

    35-44

    Bill Clinton

    Ronald Reagan

    Barack Obama

    45-54

    Ronald Reagan/Bill Clinton (tie)

    Barack Obama

    55-64

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama

    65+

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Male

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Female

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Republican

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    George W. Bush

    Democrat

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Ronald Reagan

    Independent

    Ronald Reagan

    Bill Clinton

    Barack Obama


    Methodology

    This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between November 4 to 6, 2013 among 2,003 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

    All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words margin of error as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

    Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

    These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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    The Harris Poll® #98, December 18, 2013

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