Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton remain most admired in the US

Javier Stokes
December 28, 2017

The 44th president of the United States has captured Gallup's "Most Admired Man" title for the 10th year in a row.

Trump came in second to Barack Obama, with the former president notching 17 percent of the vote to Trump's 14 percent.

Nine percent of respondents said they most admired Clinton, compared to 7 percent who named Michelle Obama - down from 12 percent who named Clinton in 2016 and her lowest percentage since 2002.

Previous president Barack Obama is as yet America's most appreciated man, as per Gallup's Most Admired Man and Woman survey distributed Wednesday.

We can expect some angry tweets directed at Gallup about how its pollsters called the 2016 election wrong any minute now.

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"Trump's unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction", Gallup's Jeffrey Jones wrote. "The incumbent president is the usual victor, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country", Gallup reports.

Donald Trump trailed Obama in second place for the men while Michelle Obama was close behind Clinton in second place for the women.

Other notable names making the top 10 include Pope Francis, Rev. Billy Graham, Oprah Winfrey and Sen.

Still, it's the 22nd time Clinton's been rated the most admired woman - more than any other man or woman ever on the list. "Eleanor Roosevelt is second with 13 wins", Gallup reports. To no surprise, there was a wide partisan split, with 35 percent of Republicans saying Trump was most admired man of the year, and 39 percent of Democrats picking Obama.

Results are based on telephone interviews conducted with a random sample of 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia. Another 9 percent name a friend or relative as their most admired man, with 13 percent doing the same for most admired woman.

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