Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 13, 2014
Bill Cosby tops the list as the most admired father in the United States according to a poll commissioned by the community service organization Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) in celebration of Father’s Day. Last month, the FOE initiated a Mother’s Day poll celebrating the holiday’s 100tth anniversary as well as their prominent participation in establishing the official holiday in 1914. Michelle Obama topped the Mother’s Day poll.
Forty percent of the 1,650 registered voters polled picked Cosby from a list of fifteen “real life fathers.” Placing a close second was Barack Obama at 36%, followed by actors Tom Hanks at 28% and Michael J. Fox at 25%. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are next at 23% and 21% respectively. Other choices in order of preference were Billy Graham, Mitt Romney, Bill Gates, Will Smith, Warren Buffett, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, John McCain and Mohammad Ali.
Participants were asked, “With Father’s Day approaching, which of these dads do YOU personally admire the most as dads?” Respondents could select more than one choice on the list. The poll was conducted online on May 24, 2014, by Luntz Global and has a margin of error of 2.4%.
That Bill Cosby is top of the Father’s Day list is not a surprise. He has been topping these kinds of lists for years. Cosby has five children: four daughters Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin and a son Ennis, whom he lost in 1997. He has three grandchildren. His humor often centers on the basic cornerstones of our existence, seeking to provide an insight into our roles as parents, children and family members. Cosby’s 1984 – 92 run of “The Cosby Show” and his New York Times Bestseller Fatherhood underscores his distinction as an admired father.
In addition their concerns with honoring Father’s and Mother’s Days, the FOE has played a prominent role on a broad array of social and philanthropic causes, including helping launch Social Security and Medicare and ensuring legal protection against job discrimination based on age. This year the Eagles celebrate the completion of $25 million, multi-year commitment to establish the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa, a state-of-the-art medical research facility dedicated to the prevention and potential eradication of diabetes.
Established in 1898, the non-profit Fraternal Order of Eagles is made up of 800,000 members based in over 1500 chapters (“aeries”) and 1300 women’s auxiliaries. Their ranks include seven former U.S. Presidents, celebrities and other notables from all walks of life. In addition to Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa, the organization raises in excess of $100 million each year to benefit local communities and charities and support medical research and treatment on a host of conditions.
Luntz Global is one of America’s best-known and most respected public opinion and strategic communications firms.
For more information, visit http://www.foe.com.
For a comedic Father’s Day remembrance from “The Cosby Show,” visit http://youtu.be/Lnr3r5ZTpbI.