Poll: Hillary Clinton Most Influential Woman

Whispers poll puts Clinton ahead of Queen Elizabeth II, Michelle Obama.

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The world's queen of influence doesn't wear a crown. But she carries a big stick.

In our latest Washington Whispers poll, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is by far and away viewed as the most influential woman on the world stage. Women and men agreed equally and she's the pick especially of those over 35 years old.

For our Synovate eNation poll, we decided to ask about female influentials because Queen Elizabeth II had just wrapped up an historic trip to Ireland where she took pains to cool the long history of bad feelings. But when we asked which female leader is the most important on the world stage, Clinton beat out the queen 37 percent to 28 percent. Also receiving 28 percent was first lady Michelle Obama. [See photos of Michelle Obama.]

Americans, meanwhile, didn't show much love for two key foreign women leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel or the French first lady Carla Bruni. Merkel, who's scheduled as President Obama's next state visit guest, received just 9 percent while Bruni snuck in with 1 percent.

Whispers Poll

Queen Elizabeth II's historic trip to Ireland again proved the importance of her monarchy. Which female leader on the world stage to you view as the most influential?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 34%

First Lady Michelle Obama 28%

Queen Elizabeth 28&

German Chancellor Angela Merkel 9%

French first lady Carla Bruni 1%

Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted May 13-17 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

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