Obama tops Trump as most admired, Gallup poll of Americans finds

Ann Santiago
December 28, 2017

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the most admired man and woman in the United States - a 10-year trend for Obama and 16 years running for Clinton.

Donald Trump may be the current president, but in terms of who Americans most admire, his predecessor and the person he beat in the 2016 election top the list.

Read their full exchange.

"She has held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else".

Gallup's poll was based on phone interviews December 4-11 with a random sample of 1,049 adults living in all 50 US states and D.C.

Gallup notes that this poll has been administered 71 times since 1946 and the incumbent president has won 58 of those times.

Barack Obama's numbers were down from 22 percent the previous year, but he was the first former president to win since Dwight D. Eisenhower did so in 1967 and 1968. Seventeen percent of those surveyed named Obama as the man they most admire, to 14 percent for Trump.

Both Obama and Clinton have topped the respective lists for the past decade. The next winningest woman is Eleanor Roosevelt, at 13 times.

Situational awareness: "President Trump's legal team plans to cast former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn as a liar seeking to protect himself if he accuses the president or his senior aides of any wrongdoing", three people familiar tell WashPost's Carol Leonnig. 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.

Finally, the poll also points out that although Clinton took the No. 1 spot for women this year, the likelihood that she will retain this honor in the future remains uncertain and will be "challenging in coming years with her political career likely over".

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