Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton remain more admired man and woman in US

Michele Moreno
December 28, 2017

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were named the most admired people of the year in a Gallup poll.

The survey, which polled more than 1,000 American adults from December 4 to 11, found that 17 percent of respondents most admire Obama, compared to 14 percent who most admire Trump.

Following Michelle Obama in the top 10 for women were Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth, Condoleeza Rice, Melania Trump, Nikki Haley, Kate Middleton, and Beyonce.

"Trump's unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction", Gallup's Jeffrey Jones wrote.

Only one other man-another former president-has been this admired in Gallup's poll.

Trailing far behind Trump in the 2017 survey were Pope Francis with 3 percent; Rev. Billy Graham, U.S. Sen.

Obama, who likewise held the title each time of his administration and the year he was chosen, beat out president Donald Trump this year, 17% to 14%.

"Clinton's and Obama's standings this year are more tenuous than in the past", Gallup reported.

Both Obama and Clinton have topped the respective lists for the past decade.

Eleanor Roosevelt is a distant second, getting 13 most honorable mentions in the poll. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating.

Clinton has been named "most-admired" more than any other woman or man in Gallup's polling history - 22 times in total - but saw her share of the vote reach its lowest point in 15 years.

Clinton "remains arguably more prominent than other contenders", Jones wrote in a blog post announcing the findings.

Gallup said its poll was conducted from December 4 to December 11 with a random sample of 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over".

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