Apple CEO Steve Jobs a distant 5th in Zogby International’s Person of the Year 2010

Apple Online Store“Former Vice-Presidential candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is the Person of the Year for 2010 according to a recent Zogby International survey. The poll, also names former President George W. Bush as the Person of the Decade (2000-2010),” Zogby International reports.

“Palin garners a 21% response with President Barack Obama claiming 16% for person of the year, and Glenn Beck tied with Julian Assange with 13%,” Zogby reports. “None of the other seven people listed (General David Petraeus, Mark Zukerberg, Hillary Clinton, Conan O’Brien, Steve Jobs, LeBron James, Robert Gates) in the survey pull in more than 6%.”

“Democrats mostly choose President Obama (33%) and Assange (19%), while Republicans go for Palin (39%) and Beck (25%), and independents split their votes between Palin (17%), Beck (16%) and Assange (15%),” Zogby reports. “President Obama only pulled 8% of the Independent vote.”

Zogby reports, “Former President George W. Bush pulls in 44% of the respondents for Person of the Decade. President Obama comes in second with 20% and Osama Bin Laden garners 11%. None of the remaining six people listed (Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Il) in the survey receive more than 5%.”

Other results include:

• Most ridiculous story of 2010: Stephen Colbert testifying on Capitol Hill on immigration
• Most significant sports story of 2010: New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl
• Most significant entertainment story of 2010: Glenn Beck Rally (23%), Tiger Woods Divorce (14%), Jon Steward/Stephen Colbert Rally (13%)
• Most significant political story of 2010: Emergence of the Tea Party (30%), Pres. Obama signing Healthcare Reform (25%), Republicans win the House of Representatives (19%)
• Most significant international news story of 2010: Haiti Earthquake
• Most significant issue of the decade (2000-2010): Rise in Terrorism
• Athlete of the decade (2000-2010): Tiger Woods
• Most influential media, entertainment or celebrity of the decade (2000-2010): Glenn Beck
• Most impactful inventions of the decade (2000-2010): High-speed internet (24%) and Facebook (22%)

(A sampling of Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Polling conducted Dec 8 – Dec. 10, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 2.3 percentage points.)

More info and results in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. Sarah Palin quotes:

    Common sense tells us that the government’s attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy.

    Each of us knows that we have an obligation to care for the old, the young and the sick. We stand strongest when we stand with the weakest among us.

    Our government needs to adopt a pro-market agenda that doesn’t pick winners and losers, but invites competition and levels the playing field for everyone.

    To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you reign in spending. You cut the budget. You don’t take more from the private sector and grow government with it.

    We don’t need to fundamentally transform America. We need to restore America.

  2. Who cares? Apple is doing awesome regardless of who gives Steve some award. Changing the world and, now days, bringing us out of the computing dark-ages is better then any plastic trophy.

  3. Wow! I didn’t realize it was April 1st already…

    You do have to give Palin credit, though. She has been able to turn an epic fail political campaign into an incredible money making machine. She’s not really as stupid as she plays. She couldn’t be and stay so focused on spouting meaningless, sloganized platitudes that her acolytes chant back at her. If she could also do Beck’s “spontaneous” tears, she’d be unstoppable. Fortunately, a comfortable majority recognizes that she is completely unfit/unacceptable as a president (or even as governor of Alaska anymore). But for making money from pandering, she’s unbeatable!

  4. The fact that a prevaricating demagogue like Beck and a wilfully ignorant dullard like Palin are considered influential by USAnians is the clearest indication that US politics have jumped the shark and that your corpratised media is a dismal failure.

  5. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People. Sarah Palin is a truly incredible choice, but runner up Glen Beck reflects the depth of depravity of this dumb-ass survey. What was the sample population? People who believe the world is flat?

  6. There is a saying that, “If you want to hear the answer, ask the question.”

    The converse is also true, i.e., “If you don’t want to hear the answer, don’t ask the question.”

    Then, if you ask the right person, you get more answers for what you wanted to hear.

    More important, for Zogby to suggest that they conducted an “International” survey is totally false. As they themselves describe, “Zogby International conducted an online survey of 1,950 adults from Dec 8 – Dec. 10, 2010. A sampling of Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate,” the survey never crossed their borders.

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