Trump Is America's 2nd Most-Admired Man

Trump was looking up to him in the polls, with 14% saying they most admired the current President.

Barack Obama edged his successor as the most admired man for 2017, a Gallup poll finds, marking the first time since 2008 when a sitting president didn't win the annual accolade.

Gallup's December poll, published Wednesday, found 17 percent of respondents named Obama the man they admired most, a dip from 22 percent of respondents saying the same a year ago.

Following Michelle Obama in the top 10 for women were Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth, Condoleeza Rice, Melania Trump, Nikki Haley, Kate Middleton, and Beyonce. A Gallup poll released earlier this month showed the share of USA adults holding a favorable opinion of Clinton had dropped to 36 percent, a new low.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, narrowly beat out former First Lady Michelle Obama to retain the title of "most admired woman" for the 16th year in a row.

Others receiving votes as most admired man this year include Pope Francis, Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama.

Gallup added that while Clinton won by a smaller margin than usual she has been named the most admired woman (or man) more than anyone in the poll's history.

Obama retaining his title this year is a bit unusual.

Clinton kept her top rank, even though the rate was reduced.

The former secretary of state has held the title of "most admired" woman for a total of 22 times.

Eleanor Roosevelt is a distant second, getting 13 most honorable mentions in the poll. "She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders".

Gallup's poll of 1,049 US adults was taken from December 4 to December 11, 2017, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

  • Rogelio Becker