December 28, 2015
President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton top the list of America’s “most admired” man and woman, respectively, according to polling organization Gallup.
Seventeen percent of Americans cited Obama as their most admired, while 13 percent chose Clinton, Gallup said.
Clinton has topped the list 20 times, with this being her 14th in a row, while Obama has been named eight times.
Rounding out the top three men were Pope Francis and Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, each with five percent. Trump has finished in the top 10 before, from 1988 through 1990 and again in 2011.
Gallup called Trump’s showing “surprisingly strong,” explaining that because he has been in the news so much, he was likely “top-of-mind” for many Americans.
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and business woman Oprah Winfrey rounded out the top three women with 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
According to Gallup, “Americans usually name the sitting U.S. president as the most admired man,” so Gallup limits the number of times a sitting president can win at eight.
The only president named as much as Obama was Dwight D. Eisenhower, who won during the eight years he was president. Eisenhower also topped the list in 1950, 1967 and 1968 “when the incumbent president was generally unpopular,” according to Gallup. Eisenhower also took the top spot in 1952, the year he was elected, giving him a total of 12 times in the most admired spot, more than any other man.
Clinton’s 20 times at the top of the list is the most of any woman. She is followed by Eleanor Roosevelt, who was named most admired 13 times.