Hillary Clinton, Obama ‘Most Admired’ in Poll; Trump, Pope Francis Tie for 2nd Man
Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are this year’s most admired public figures, according to a new poll, but they’ve got some notable company: Donald Trump.
Gallup on Monday released its annual survey of admired world figures and Clinton and Obama topped the list — with 13% picking Clinton and 17% picking Obama.
But Trump returned to the list for the first time since 2011, and with the support of 5% of respondents, the same number who picked Pope Francis.
Clinton has topped the list more frequently than any other woman in the history of the survey, which was first taken in 1948. She has been picked as the most admired woman a record 20 times, compared to Eleanor Roosevelt (13 times), Margaret Thatcher (six times) and Jacqueline Kennedy (five times).
Clinton is the most admired woman in the U.S. for the 14th year in a row, and Obama is the most admired man for the eighth year in a row.
Clinton’s closest competitor this year was human rights and Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, who 5% said they admired most. She was closely followed by Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama, who each won 4%.
Gallup attributed Trump’s inclusion to the saturation of his name and image in the public sphere over the last year, but some other White House contenders made the list, including Ben Carson (1%), Carly Fiorina (2%) and Bernie Sanders (3%).
Gallup surveyed 824 adults from December 2-6 and the survey results carry a +/- 4-percentage-point margin of error. The question was open-ended, meaning respondents were not prompted with any names.