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27 Dec 2017

Obama Remain The 'Most Admired Man' For The 10th Year In A Row

Former President Obama is America’s “most admired man” for the 10th consecutive year, according to new survey data from Gallup.

The annual poll has been taken every year but one since 1946, and asks respondents to name their most admired man and woman, as well as their second choice.

Obama came in first this year, with 17 percent of the vote. President Trump followed close behind, with 14 percent. After Trump was Pope Francis (3 percent) and Rev. Billy Graham (2 percent), with several other political, spiritual and business leaders being named, including John McCain, Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Dalai Lama.

Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on the list for the first time.

Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman for the 16th year in a row, with 9 percent of mentions. Clinton has been named most admired more than any other man or woman in polling history, according to Gallup, who notes in a release that her polling numbers this year were the lowest in the past 15 years, making it unlikely for her to hold the top title for much longer.

“She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders,” Gallup said. “However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over.”
Also on the list were Michelle Obama, with 7 percent, followed by Oprah Winfrey, with 4 percent. First lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Beyonce Knowles and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley all made the list of admired women.

A quarter of respondents could not name a man or woman they admired most, according to Gallup, and about a tenth named a relative or friend.

Trump is one of few incumbent presidents who have not been named the most admired among all Americans.

Last year, Obama topped the list with 22 percent, while Trump garnered 15 percent. The 2017 results fell along party lines, with 35 percent of Republicans naming Trump as their most admired, and only 1 percent naming Obama. Among Democrats, 39 percent named Obama, and 3 percent picked Trump. Independents picked Obama over Trump for their most admired by a 3-point margin.

The survey was conducted Dec. 4-11 among 1,049 adults and has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points.

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