The Washington Times - January 14, 2014, 09:42AM

Rush bests Hillary? Talk show host more admired than former senator and Secretary of State? In yet another telling cultural moment, a new survey from the Times of London and YouGov asked respondents in a dozen nations who they “most admired” in the world. The question was open-ended rather than multiple choice, incidentally.

In the U.S., Pope Francis was in first place, followed by President Obama, Billy Graham, former President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, and in 10th place, Hillary Clinton.


In fourth place, Mr. Bush’s stature is of note. The phrase “Miss me yet?” comes to mind. But there was some merriment among conservatives who noted that the oft vilified Mr. Limbaugh got higher marks than Mrs. Clinton. He was amused as well.

“Shock and dismay that the radio entertainer - not even television - the radio entertainer, Rush Limbaugh, is more admired in the United States than Hillary Clinton. That’s right. I didn’t even know this was going on,” Mr. Limbaugh told his audience upon being apprised of the findings.

“There was no way I could stoke the poll. I didn’t even tell anybody anything. I didn’t even know it was going on,” he added.

But Mrs. Clinton has her devout fans, and that devotion has translated into donations for her potential presidential run in 2016. The persistent Virginia-based grass-roots group Ready for Hillary raised more than $4 million in 2013 thanks to many small contributions that arrived from 33,631 donors.

The organization says its next Federal Election Commission report later this month will show that the popular momentum for Mrs. Clinton’s yet-to-be-declared campaign is picking up: the group more than doubled the $1.25 million it raised during the first reporting period, and attracted 25,000 new contributors during the second half of 2013.