Poll reveals ultimate onscreen presidents

As the United States braces itself for the Presidential elections, David Palmer of '24' fame has been named as the “ultimate screen President”.

As the United States braces itself for the Presidential elections, David Palmer of '24' fame has been named as the “ultimate screen President”.

The character in the popular US television series, played by Dennis Haysbert, won 21% of votes in a survey of more than 5,000 film fans for DVD and games rental website LoveFilm.com.

Martin Sheen’s Jed Bartlet from 'The West Wing' TV series came in second place with 18%.

Harrison Ford’s action-hero James Marshall was named in third position in 1997’s 'Air Force One' with 12%.

Morgan Freeman’s stirring and inspirational speeches delivered as Tom Beck in 'Deep Impact' struck a chord with voters, who showed their support with 11% of the vote.

In perhaps a mischievous vote, Peter Sellers’ Merkin Muffley in 1964 black comedy 'Dr Strangelove', earned fifth position in the poll with 9%.

The poll was conducted to mark the release of Oliver Stone’s President George Bush biopic 'W'.

Here are the top 10 Presidential pretenders:

1. David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) – '24' (21%)

2. Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (Martin Sheen) – 'The West Wing' (18%)

3. James Marshall (Harrison Ford) – 'Air Force One' (12%)

4. Tom Beck (Morgan Freeman) – 'Deep Impact' (11%)

5. Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) – 'Dr Strangelove' (9%)

6. James Dale (Jack Nicholson) – 'Mars Attacks!' (7%)

7. Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pulman) – 'Independence Day' (6%)

8. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) – 'Dave' (5%)

9. Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) – 'The American President' (3%)

10. Mr President (Billy Bob Thornton) – 'Love Actually' (2%)

(other = 4%)

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