Paula Abdul and Mel Gibson are the celebrities most Americans want to "meet under the mistletoe" this holiday season.

Bruskin Associates of New York, which polled 1,005 people by phone, reported 21 percent of the men said they'd most like a mistletoe encounter with singer-dancer Abdul.Sixteen percent voted for Julia Roberts, 12 percent for Michelle Pfeiffer and 9 percent for Candace Bergen. Ma

donna, with 5 percent, finished in a three-way tie for fifth with Demi Moore and Whitney Houston.

Twenty-two percent of the women voted for Gibson, with Paul Newman and Kevin Costner in a second-place tie with 14 percent apiece.

Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger tied at 9 percent, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf won 6 percent of the vote and basketball star Michael Jordan had 4 percent.