After a ten-year run, Gallup’s most admired man may soon no longer be former President Obama.
The number of respondents naming Obama the man they admired most dropped to 17 percent in Gallup‘s December poll, a decrease from the 22 percent who said the same last year.
Coming in at second place with 14 percent of respondents naming him their most admired man was President Donald Trump. Sitting presidents usually win the top spot, according to Gallup, and Obama has held the position for a decade – second only to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower – while the poll placed him as the first former president to top the list since Eisenhower.
Politicians, billionaires and religious figures such as Rev. Billy Graham “for a record 61st time,” rounded out the top ten men listed as most admired. But Trump and Obama were the only ones to grab a double-digit position, followed by Pope Francis in third place with 3 percent of respondents.
For the 16th consecutive year, Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman in the United States, but the former first lady and secretary of state also saw a drop in support from 12 percent to 9 percent of respondents.
Clinton has “held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else,” according to Gallup, including Eleanor Roosevelt who is second with 13 wins.
“But Clinton’s and Obama’s standings this year are more tenuous than in the past,” Gallup noted. “The 9% who name Clinton is the lowest percentage she has received since 2002, when 7% named her in another close first-place finish. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating.”
Right behind Clinton in second place was former first lady Michelle Obama, who garnered 7 percent of the respondents, just ahead of Oprah Winfrey, with 4 percent.
First lady Melania Trump made the list with one percent of respondents naming her their most admired woman.
“One notable person missing from the top 10 list this year is Bill Clinton, whose string of 25 consecutive top 10 finishes ended this year. Clinton was No. 1 on the list each of his eight years as president from 1993 to 2000,” Gallup stated.
The prospects for Hillary also seemed bleak, according to the poll:
Hillary Clinton has been named most admired more than any woman — or man — in Gallup’s polling history. But the likelihood that she will continue to hold that honor in future years seems less certain, with her popularity at a nadir and the percentage naming her as most admired the lowest in 15 years. She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders. However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over.
The poll of 1,049 US adults, taken from December 4-11, 2017, had a margin of error of ±4% points.
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