Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama keep their spots as the most admired in 2015. Gallup Poll released on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, their annual list of most admired men and women for the year with predictable results. For the eighth straight year, President Obama has topped the list of most admired men; while Hillary Clinton topped the list of most admired women for as record-breaking time, although their numbers fall or remain stagnate.
President Obama won the distinction of most admired with 17 percent of the vote, down from 19 percent last year. He has appeared on the top 10, 11 times since 2006. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might have overwhelming numbers in the Democratic campaign polls, but her number is quite low as most admired. Clinton only received 13 percent of the vote to reach the top of the list, last year she had 12 percent. She has appeared on the list 24 times. As Gallup noted, “Although Clinton and Obama each led this year’s poll by significant margins, the percentage mentioning each as most admired is slightly lower than the percentages they have received in the past.”
President Obama has the second overall most admired titles tying with former Presidents Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) but behind Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961). As for the list of most admired men after President Obama, Pope Francis ties with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for second place with five percent of the vote each. Popular Democratic candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is third with 3 percent. Rounding out the top five is Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates with two percent.
The rest of those included in the top 10, all have just one percent of the vote, and they are Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, The Dalai Lama, former President George W. Bush former President Bill Clinton, and Rev. Billy Graham. Former President Clinton saw his ranking fall the most since last year when he was third with three percent and now he is in ninth place. Clinton has appeared on the list 24 times. Rev. Graham also fell from fourth place to 10th; he has been on the list more times than anyone, 59 times.
It is no surprise Obama won most admired, it is a tradition for the sitting president to always be named the most admired, and has been the case for 69 years. As Gallup explained last year, “The incumbent president is nearly always the winner of the most admired distinction, having placed first in all but 12 of the 68 years the question has been asked.”
Although Trump is not this year’s most admired, but his ranking is impressive, as he has become a force of nature in the 2016 presidential campaign and in the news media coverage of his often controversial and highly successful campaign. As Gallup commented, “Trump’s surprisingly strong and often controversial presidential campaign has made him a prominent news figure this year and, thus, top-of-mind for many Americans. This helps explain his strong showing when Gallup asks Americans, in an open-ended fashion, to name the man they admire most. The successful businessman has finished in the top 10 four other times, including from 1988 through 1990 and in 2011.”
Former first lady, New York Senator, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton tops the list for the most admired women for the 20th time and 14th year in a row. Clinton only lost the number one spot in 2001 when First Lady Laura Bush took the position.
The rest of the list includes 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani girl’s education advocate Malala Yousafzai moves up to second place but still has five percent of the vote. Oprah Winfrey loses ground from second to third and loses half her support garnering only four percent of the vote. First Lady Michelle Obama moves up one to fourth place with four percent of the vote. Rounding out the top five is Republican presidential candidate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina with two percent.
British Queen Elizabeth II and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also have two percent of the vote. Queen Elizabeth has the most ten top finishes of all women with 47. The remaining women on the list all have one percent of the vote, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Myanmar President Aung San Suu Kyi, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and TV personality Ellen DeGeneres.