It’s Election Day, and the results are in: It’s The West Wing’s President Bartlet over Commander in Chief’s President Allen in a landslide. On Friday, PopWatch directed readers to the Council for Excellence in Government’s poll to determine the public’s top TV civil servants. Some 3,100 respondents voted, and their favorite public employee was Alias spy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), edging out West Wing’s White House Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) 29.6 percent to 28.7 percent. 24 terrorism fighter Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) came in third with 16.2 percent.
In the presidential race, Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) handily defeated Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis) 38 percent to 25 percent. 24’s David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) was third, with 20 percent. Also tallied were votes for West Wing candidates Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits, 10 percent) and Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda, 7 percent).
As for which franchise fielded the better police detectives, the CSI-ers barely outscored the Law & Order sleuths by just 2 percent. And the most popular postman was Cheers’ Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger), who took 66 percent of the vote to defeat Seinfeld’s Newman (Wayne Knight). If only real life government workers inspired such enthusiasm.
Any of your favorite fictional civil servants fail to make the list? Oh, and vote!