Poll: Elvis Still King Of Rock'n'Roll

When Americans were asked in a new poll to name the greatest rock'n'roll star of all time, Elvis Presley was still the king -- by a wide margin. Almost four in 10 named Presley in the ABC News poll re

When Americans were asked in a new poll to name the greatest rock'n'roll star of all time, Elvis Presley was still the king -- by a wide margin. Almost four in 10 named Presley in the ABC News poll released yesterday (Aug. 14), two days before the 25th anniversary of his death. Results for all others named were in the low single digits.

Presley may have had an advantage because the poll was taken at a time when the 25th anniversary of his death is in the news. Still, the public also overwhelmingly preferred him when asked that question in March 1999 and August 1995.

The poll of 1,023 adults was taken Aug. 7-11 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll also found:

-- Jimi Hendrix pulling in 4%; tied at 2% were John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jackson.

-- Nine in 10 said Presley has had a lasting impact on American culture.

-- People were evenly split as to whether they were fans of Elvis Presley or not.

-- Four in 10 said he was a good role model, while almost six in 10 said he was not.

-- Two-thirds of those aged 55-64 said they are Presley fans, while almost four in 10 of adults 18-34 years old said they are fans.


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