Despite his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and the subsequent effort to oust him from the Oval Office, Bill Clinton has been ranked the most admirable president of the past quarter century, according to a brand-new poll.

In the research conducted by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Survey, participants were asked which president of the past 25 years they admired most.

A whopping 42 percent named Clinton in the top spot, more than twice the responses for any other commander in chief.

Former President Bill Clinton

The Wall Street Journal noted the results were a reflection of how much Clinton had done to polish his image since leaving the White House in 2000.

The other three presidents of the quarter century were ranked fairly evenly, with Barack Obama finishing in second place at 18 percent, followed by George W. Bush at 17 percent, and his father, George H. W. Bush, at 16 percent.

The survey is one in a series of polls done by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News in collaboration with the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania.

The poll of 1,238 adults was conducted June 2-8. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points among adults.

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