Barack Obama defeats Donald Trump as America's most admired man
Donald Trump might have clinched victory in the US presidential elections, but his predecessor is still the most admired man in America. Barack Obama has been ranked America's most admired man for the 10th year in the Gallup survey, while Hillary Clinton is once again the most admired woman. It's rare for the incumbent president not to be ranked the most admired. Details here.
Gallup conducted telephonic interviews with 1,049 adults across all 50 states via cellphone and landline earlier this month. This is Obama's 10th win in a row and the 16th for Clinton (22 total wins), but their standings are lower this time: Obama's rank was 22% last year, though it has generally remained near 17% otherwise. However, 9% is Clinton's lowest rating in 15 years.
Trump follows Obama with 14%. Other politicians in top-10 include Senators John McCain, Bernie Sanders, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice-President Mike Pence. Pope Francis came third with 3%. Reverend Billy Graham has made it to the list 61 times. The Dalai Lama was named 10th. It was the debut for Tesla's Elon Musk and Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Microsoft's Bill Gates was also present.
Clinton has now made it to the top-10 26 times, behind Queen Elizabeth II's 49 appearances and Oprah Winfrey's 30 times; both retain their positions. Following Clinton is Michelle Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, first lady Melania Trump, and Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Kate Middleton and Beyonce Knowles make up the bottom two.
Gallup unearthed some interesting facts during the survey. Roughly 25% of Americans can't even name an admired person, whether male or female. 9% named a male relative, while 13% named a female one as their most admired man/woman. Out of Gallup's 71 polls since 1946, the incumbent president won the list 58 times. Those that didn't win include Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George Bush.