From Compuserve News:
The Harris Poll recently surveyed a cross-section of Americans to find out the people they admire most as heroes. Almost one-quarter put their own father or mother at the top of that list. Parents, congratulate yourselves! Public figures were cited by 57 percent of the respondents, and these are the names in order: Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., Colin Powell, John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, John Wayne, Michael Jordan, and Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush was No. 31. "Colin Powell's No. 3 ranking is extraordinary," said Humphrey Taylor of The Harris Poll. "He is the only person in the top five who is still alive, and the only person in the top 13 who is fully employed." Colin Powell is the U.S. Secretary of State.
Taylor also noted as "remarkable" that African-Americans hold the top two places after Jesus Christ. "Ten of the top 30 are African-Americans, African (Nelson Mandela is No. 21) or are of a mixed race (Tiger Woods is No. 23). In addition to those already mentioned, the top 30 includes Jesse Jackson (No. 22), Malcolm X (No. 24), Muhammad Ali (No. 27) and Venus Williams (No. 28)." When respondents were asked to name people who used to be their heroes but no longer are, the largest number of people mentioned Bill Clinton, followed by John F. Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Jesse Jackson, and Franklin Roosevelt. --
So... who are your heroes?