Homer set to pip Abraham Lincoln as greatest American

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Homer Simpson looks likely to beat Abraham Lincoln to the title of the greatest ever American.

The head of the Simpsons clan has taken almost a fifth of the votes in an internet poll.

The 16th president of the US managed just over 16%.

The poll has been held to tie in with a BBC2 debate called What The World Thinks of America to be screened on Tuesday at 9pm.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King is in third position, ahead of former presidents such as George Washington.

Other quirky choices to have made the top ten include Mr T, famed for his role in TV's The A Team, and Bob Dylan.

The 90-minute debate will be presented by BBC political editor Andrew Marr and will look at opinions about the US's position in the world.

It will bring together national broadcasters from around the world in a live satellite link-up.
 

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