Meadville Tribune

Opinion

December 23, 2013

Which celebrities, politicians had the best and worst 2013?

What do the cast of Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have in common? According to the latest Harris Poll, they've had among the best years in 2013, while Barack Obama and Paula Deen are seen as having had the worst.


The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive and surveying 2,039 American adults online between Dec. 6 and 10, provided respondents with a pre-selected list of names. Nearly half (45%) selected the Duck Dynasty cast — which in addition to its hit television show also produced a hot-selling Christmas album — as having reason to celebrate this season. 
Other stars deemed to have had a stellar 2013 include:

    •    Jennifer Lawrence (36%)

    •    Sandra Bullock (30%)

    •    Justin Timberlake (23%)

On the other hand, revelations that Paula Deen had used racial slurs in the past — which came to light in a legal deposition in June — and the subsequent fallout involving the cancellation of her Food Network show, contributed to her selection as the celebrity having the worst year (46%), followed closely by Miley Cyrus (44%), whose twerking appearance on the MTV video music awards in August sent waves of reaction across social media. 
Political highs and lows
One politician who should be glad to see the year come to a close is President Barack Obama. Among the politicians tested, the president came in third among those politicians as having the best year, but he also placed first – by a wide margin – as having had the worst year. According to the poll:
 Christie placed first (32%) as having the best perceived year, followed by Hillary Clinton (26%) and Obama (19%). 
Rounding out the list is Senator Ted Cruz (12%), new Senator Cory Booker (7%) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (3%).
On the negative side, the verdict was clearer as nearly half the respondents (46%) said Obama had the worst year in politics. Anthony Weiner, the former Congressman and New York City mayoral candidate caught up in a sexting scandal, received 26% of the overall vote, while Speaker of the House John Boehner came in third with 13% of the vote.

1
Text Only
Opinion
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks