The annual Gallup poll was released on Monday announcing the man and woman Americans admire the most. You have all heard it before and here we go again: The American people have once again named President Barack Obama (for the eighth consecutive time) and Hillary Clinton (each of the last 14 years, and 20 times overall), the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire the most. Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton win by wide margins over the next-closest finishers, Pope Francis and Donald Trump for men and Malala Yousafzai among the women. Obama earned 17 percent on the men’s side and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, earned 13 percent. For Obama, he is now tied for second most with former presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. However, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower was named the most admired man 12 times.
The Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, tied for second place with Pope Francis at 5 percent. Another presidential candidate for 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, came in fourth with 3 percent, followed by Bill Gates, according to Politico’s report on the poll. Dwight Eisenhower has 12 No. 1 finishes, the most for any man. Obama, the most admired man each of the last eight years, is now tied with Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan for top overall finishes among men.
Coming in second to Clinton on the list of women: 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai with 5 percent. Oprah Winfrey trails in third among the women, followed by First Lady Michelle Obama with 4 percent each. Carly Fiorina, Queen Elizabeth II and Angela Merkel, Time’s Person-of-The Year, all came in with 2 percent. Since 1993, the year she was first named most admired woman, Clinton has stayed in the news as first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and a two-time presidential candidate. Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was named most admired woman 13 times during her lifetime, putting her second to Clinton in terms of first-place finishes.
Donald Trump’s surprising showing in the 2016 presidential campaign made him a prominent news figure this year. Trump has finished in the top 10 four other times, including from 1988 through 1990 and in 2011.
According to Rolling Stone, the Gallup pollsters have asked responders since 1948, the simple question with prompting or suggesting names the question: “What woman or man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?”
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 2-6, 2015, with a random sample of 824 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.