Barack Obama Wins Gallup’s “Most Admired Man” Award

 Barack Obama Wins Gallup’s “Most Admired Man” Award

A polling group’s latest survey found that President Barack Obama is the most admired man in the U.S. His successor, President-elect Donald Trump, was ranked second, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was ranked the most admired woman by Americans.

On Dec. 28, Obama topped an annual Gallup poll measuring American respondents’ most admired world figures. The outgoing commander-in-chief was the top pick with support from 22 percent of respondents. Trump arrived in second place with 15 percent of respondents’ support, Politico reports.

Others in the top 10 included Pope Francis in third place and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in fourth, followed by the Rev. Billy Graham in fifth. Bill Clinton tied for sixth place with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Dalai Lama and Bill Gates, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence came in 10th.

Asked to name the woman they most admire, 12 percent of Americans polled by Gallup chose Hillary Clinton, who has come in first in the poll 21 times, a record. First lady Michelle Obama came in second, at 8 percent.

Others in the top 10 included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Elizabeth, human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Historically, sitting presidents have always topped the Gallup list, with the rare exception being Obama ranking above former President George W. Bush in 2008. Obama has ranked first as Americans’ most admired man in every proceeding year.

Sources: Politico (2), Real Clear Politics (2) / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr

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