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Michael Jordan was more popular than Al Gore, Chelsea Clinton in a Sesame Street poll from 1993

Michael Jordan's popularity made him a good ambassador to the kids. He once topped a Sesame Street survey and bested Al Gore and Chelsea Clinton.
Michael Jordan more popular than Al Gore, Chelsea Clinton: Sesame Street poll

Jordan was favored among the boys, while Clinton and Gore enjoyed popularity among the girls.

Michael Jordan's popularity reached celebrity status during his peak years in the 90s. He even outranked politicians as a recycling ambassador in a Sesame Street poll.

In 1993, Sesame Street polled to determine who was the most effective ambassador for recycling among kids. The popular children's TV program surveyed kids aged 8 to 12 years old.

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Over one-third voted for the Chicago Bulls legend as the best model to teach kids to recycle. MJ was ahead of Saved By the Bell's Elizabeth Berkeley, who placed second with 22 percent of the votes. Chelsea Clinton and Al Gore were ranked 3rd and 4th with 13 and 12 percent, respectively.

Jordan was favored among the boys, while Clinton and Gore enjoyed popularity among the girls. In 1993, Chicago Bulls and Mike enjoyed immense popularity as the team was fresh off, winning three consecutive NBA titles from 1991 to 1993. Ironically, MJ had not appeared in any Sesame Street episode despite being massively popular among the show's audience.

Michael Jordan's influence

His Airness represented global brands because of his winning mentality. Jordan collaborated with Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, and Upper Deck, among others; however, fans have claimed Mike could have done better campaigning for social issues on the political side.

Others fail to recognize that Mike had been doing his part for years. He didn't have all the media commotion that covered it. Instead, the 6-time champion pledged millions to help rectify social justice in the U.S. But when it comes to personal endorsements, Jordan was the first to back out from it.

As shown in the Last Dance, the Olympic gold medalist refused to endorse Harvey Gantt in his senatorial bid, showing that Michael Jordan is his own man. Of course, the GOAT would never represent or support anyone that isn't aligned with his beliefs and principles. It cost him millions, but that makes him the ideal role model: he isn't easily swayed by money. 

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