Results of CNBC's 2011 Winners & Losers Poll
Occupy Wall Street
We thought voters might take this one to heart. Almost 70 percent deemed Occupy a loser. Perhaps some of that reflects its fading presence. At the same time, only 7 percent voted "neither." But if our voters put their money where their mouths are, Occupy will need to start raising some serious money to fight the object of its ire.
NBA & NFL
This was, err, a slam dunk for our voters. The NBA is clearly the bigger loser than the NFL because of its player-management contract battle. The NBA will lose a dozen-plus regular-season games to a late start, and there's likely to be more losses to come in lower attendance.
The NFL fared much better individually, though 28 percent voted against both pro sports leagues.
Angela Merkel & Nicholas Sarkozy
Well, they'll always have Paris (and Berlin), even if they don't have a euro zone.
We though this vote would have been closer, if only for the considerable efforts of the German and French leaders. (We have a hunch they'll be back for our 2012 edition.)
Few thought Bartz came out a winner from her ouster as CEO of Yahoo!, even if the company continues to drift toward the rocks.
The high "neither" vote no doubt perhaps reflects a certain sense of inevitability.
Still, more than half deemed her a loser—for one reason or another.
About 55 percent voted against the GOP majority leader, which would be a resounding defeat at the ballot box. Still, Boehner fared better than Obama. (He also received the second most votes of any entry.)
Boehner continues to stand tall against the president and somehow manages to sound convincing during all of those downbeat news conferences.