The Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW did a poll asking Hoosiers how much they respected 10 well-known figures, mostly politicians. Please, don't be too shocked, but the politicians didn't come out on top:
The most respected out of the list of 10 figures was Mother Teresa - the late Nobel Peace Prize winner for her humanitarian work - with Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy following closely.
Probably if they'd put Princess Di on the list, Mother Teresa wouldn't have done nearly so well. When they died nearly together, it was, Di, Di, Di, woe is us, Di is dead, oh, God, how can we live without her? And, oh, by the way, Mother Teresa kicked off, too.
It is also interesting that, 1) In this Republican state, Barack Obama and John McCain were very close in the respect given them and, 2) Oprah Winfrey and George Bush were also together, at the bottom of the barel. If anybody knows what the hell those results mean, congratulations -- you are the smartest person on the planet.