Deen vs. Obama – Who Had the Worst 2013

What do the cast of Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence, and Chris Christie have in common?

According to the latest Harris Poll, they’ve had among the best 2013’s, while Barack Obama and Paula Deen are seen as having had among the worst.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,039 U.S. adults surveyed online between Dec. 6 and 10, 2013 by Harris Interactive. The results were announced Wednesday, Dec. 18.

According to the survey, 2013 was a series of highs and lows for many celebrities.

But when asked which star, from a provided list, had the best 2013, nearly half of Americans (45%) selected the cast of Duck Dynasty, with a hit television show and Christmas album, as having reason to celebrate this season.

Other stars perceived as most enjoying a good year include Jennifer Lawrence (36%), Sandra Bullock (30%), and Justin Timberlake (23%).

Paula Deen’s popularity has been put on the back burner in 2013. Her scandal earlier this year may still be haunting her, as the highest percentage of Americans selected her as the celebrity having the worst year (46%).

Think there’s no such thing as bad publicity? Think again! Despite Miley Cyrus’ constant presence in the news this year, the favorite twerking celebrity was America’s close-second contender for worst year (44%).

Amanda Bynes, who has been in and out of rehab and was recently released to the custody of her parents, came in a distant third (28%).

One politician who should be glad to see the year come to a close is the President. Among the politicians tested, Barack Obama comes in third among those politicians tested as having the best year, but comes in first place – by a high margin – as having had the worst year. Almost half of Americans (46%) say Barack Obama had the worst year in politics.

You can see the full survey results here.

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