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November 11th, 2005 2:11pm EST
AliasCIA agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) of Alias is America's “Favorite TV Fed,” according to a new poll by the Council for Excellence in Government. Agent Bristow earned 29.6 percent of the vote, squeaking out White House Chief-of-Staff C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) of The West Wing by less than one percentage point (28.7 percent). Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on 24 came in third with 16.2 percent of the votes.

The West Wing's President Josiah “Jeb” Bartlet dominated his competition in a hypothetical presidential election. Bartlet—played by actor Martin Sheen—earned 38% of the votes, followed by newcomer Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis) of Commander in Chief with 25%, and David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) of 24 with 20% of the vote. Among the current presidential candidates on The West Wing, Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) received 10 percent of the votes, while Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) scored 7 percent.

Americans are almost evenly split when it comes to who they think is better at solving crimes: the detectives from Law & Order or CSI franchises. The crime scene investigators in Las Vegas, New York and Miami inched out the Manhattan detectives by 2 percent, a difference of only 58 votes. And poll participants gave an overwhelming “stamp of approval” to letter carrier Cliff Claven (John Ratzenberger) of Cheers. Sixty-six percent rated him a better mailman than Newman (Wayne Knight) from Seinfeld.

More than 3,100 people across the country voted in the Council for Excellence in Government's first-of-its–kind, totally non-scientific on-line poll, launched to remind Americans--in an unusual way—-about Election Day earlier this week. The poll also highlights the organization's research that shows entertainment television is an intriguing factor in determining attitudes toward government.