Dec 27, 2018

Gallup: The Obamas are America's most admired man and woman

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Michelle Obama unseated Hillary Clinton as the most admired woman in the U.S., claiming the title alongside her husband, former President Barack Obama, who has remained the most admired man for 11 straight years, according to Gallup's annual poll.

The big picture: Clinton held the title of most admired woman for 17 consecutive years, but this year was surpassed by both Obama and Oprah Winfrey. President Trump came in second place for the fourth year in a row, marking only the 13th time — and Trump's second — that a sitting president didn't top the list since its inception in 1946.

Most admired man:

  1. Barack Obama (19%)
  2. Donald Trump (13%)
  3. George W. Bush (2%)
  4. Pope Francis (2%)
  5. Bill Gates (1%)
  6. Bernie Sanders (1%)
  7. Bill Clinton (1%)
  8. Dalai Lama (1%)
  9. Joe Biden, 1%
  10. Elon Musk (1%)

Most admired woman:

  1. Michelle Obama (15%)
  2. Oprah Winfrey (5%)
  3. Hillary Clinton (4%)
  4. Melania Trump (4%)
  5. Queen Elizabeth II (2%)
  6. Angela Merkel (2%)
  7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2%)
  8. Ellen DeGeneres (2%)
  9. Nikki Haley (1%)
  10. Malala Yousafzai (1%)

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