Gallup: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton still 'most admired' people by Americans


Its not surprising that among Americans former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in the world and former President Barack Obama is the most admired man in the world. Michelle Obama was just behind Clinton on that list, with 7 percent to Clinton's 9 percent.

The 44th president of the United States has captured Gallup's "Most Admired Man" title for the 10th year in a row. President Donald Trump took second place with 14% of respondents citing him when asked, open-ended, to name the man they admired most.

While Obama managed to be at the top for a 10th year, he has some way to go to match his female counterpart, Hillary Clinton.

A Gallup spokeswoman said in a statement that it has historically based the rank-order list on the number of total responses for each choice, regardless of statistical significance or how close the picks are.

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"Trump's unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction", Gallup contended. "The incumbent president is the usual victor, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country", Gallup reports. Of the 71 times Gallup has posed the most admired man question, the incumbent has won 58.

His margin over Trump, however, equates to an essential tie if factoring in the poll's margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

Gallup, however, offered that Clinton's time at the top of the "most admired" list may be running out. Rounding out the top 10 for the men were Pope Francis, Rev. Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jeff Bezos, The Dalai Lama, and Mike Pence.

Nine percent of participants said they most admired Clinton, which was a decline from her 12% rating past year. That means she has won the title more than any other woman, with Eleanor Roosevelt coming in second with 13 wins.