Gallup poll: Obama and Hillary most-admired people


You have to wonder who they’re talking to here. According to Gallup’s December poll, former President Barack Obama and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton have been named the most admired man and woman in the world… again. Both reportedly won by wide margins over the next-closest finishers, Malala Yousafzai for women and Donald Trump and Pope Francis for men.

Obama has won the title for the 10th year in a row, and this is the 16th year Americans polled by Gallup have chosen Clinton as the woman they most admire.

The news comes as yet another Gallup poll put the two-time failed presidential candidate at an all-time low in terms of approval ratings with Americans just last week.

Gallup’s previous poll reported that Hillary Clinton’s image has continued to decline since June, and is now at the lowest point yet since the management consulting company started measuring her popularity. Her favorability rating now stands at a record low of 36%, and her unfavorable rating has hit a record high of 61%.

Inexplicably, Gallup has found that 17% of respondents named Obama the man they admired most, a dip from 22% of respondents saying the same last year.

President Donald Trump took second place, with 14% of respondents citing him when asked, open-ended, to name the man they most admired.

The two presidents were the only ones to garner double-digit support. Pope Francis took third place with 3% of respondents, and the rest of the top dozen men included politicians, religious figures and billionaires, according to a CNN report published on Wednesday.


The report does note that Clinton’s support in the 16th consecutive year named as the most-admired woman did drop this time — from 12% to 9% of respondents. Former First Lady Michelle Obama came in second with 7% of respondents, and the third-place finisher, at 4% support, was Oprah Winfrey. Political figures, British royalty and Beyoncé Knowles also ranked, and one percent of those surveyed said First Lady Melania Trump is their most admired woman, bringing her name into the top tier for the first time.

According to Gallup, Clinton has been far and away the most admired woman since she came onto the political scene with her husband, Bill. Not only has she topped the list 16 years running, but she’s actually taken the top spot 22 times total, which Gallup said was more than anyone else in the history of the poll. Obama’s 10th year as most admired man makes him second only to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Sitting presidents usually win the most admired spot, noted Gallup, adding that Obama was the first former president to top the list since Eisenhower.

Gallup’s poll of 1,049 U.S. adults was taken from Dec. 4-11, 2017, with a margin of error of ±4% points.

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