Gallup poll: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton retain ‘most admired’ titles

For the 10th consecutive year, former President Barack Obama was named as America’s “most admired man,” according a new Gallup survey.


President Donald Trump followed close behind Obama’s 17 percent of the responses with 14 percent according the the survey, which has been taken nearly every year since 1946.
Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman for the 16th year in a row. She has held the title more than any other man or woman in the poll’s history.

Former first lady Michelle Obama, in a close second to Clinton’s 9 percent, came in with 7 percent of the polling for most admired woman. Oprah Winfrey, named a top female finisher for the 30th time, received 4 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren received 3 percent and First lady Melania Trump held 1 percent of this year’s polling.

Other women named a top finisher this year include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Duchess Kate Middleton and Beyonce.

After Trump and Obama, other men who top the list include Pope Francis, with 3 percent of the polling; Rev. Billy Graham, Sen. John McCain and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, all carrying 2 percent, and Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and The Dalai Lama, all carrying 1 percent of the polling.

According to the poll, a quarter of Americans cannot name a man or a woman they admire most, 13 percent of the people polled named their most admired woman as a friend or relative and 9 percent did so for the most admired man.

Results from the poll are based on phone interviews of 1,049 adults conducted Dec. 4 -11 with a sampling error of 4 percent.

By Susan McFarland