Most admired US man and woman

Gallup has done a poll on the most admired man and woman since 1946, and not surprisingly gain for 2017 they mostly admire US leaders.

But preferences are spread, and a quarter of respondents don’t indicate any person they most admire – I’m not surprised by this, especially when the top choices are not particularly admirable, and being politicians receive partisan support.

Gallup: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles

  • Barack Obama edges out Donald Trump as most admired man
  • Hillary Clinton wins narrow victory over Michelle Obama
  • Clinton has won the past 16 years; Obama the past 10

Obama and Clinton topping the polls suggests a lack of admirable options.

Most Admired Man and Woman — Recent Trend for Top Finishers in 2017
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
% % % % %
Most Admired Man
Barack Obama 16 19 17 22 17
Donald Trump * * 5 15 14
Pope Francis 4 6 5 4 3
Rev. Billy Graham 2 2 1 1 2
John McCain * * * * 2
Elon Musk * * * * 2
Bernie Sanders * * 3 2 1
Bill Gates 1 1 2 1 1
Benjamin Netanyahu * 1 * 1 1
Jeff Bezos * * * * 1
The Dalai Lama * * 1 1 1
Mike Pence * * * 1 1
Most Admired Woman
Hillary Clinton 15 12 13 12 9
Michelle Obama 5 3 4 8 7
Oprah Winfrey 6 8 4 3 4
Elizabeth Warren * 1 1 1 3
Angela Merkel 1 1 2 3 2
Queen Elizabeth II 1 1 2 2 2
Condoleezza Rice 2 4 1 2 1
Melania Trump * * * * 1
Nikki Haley * * * * 1
Duchess Kate Middleton 1 2 * 1 1
Beyonce Knowles * 1 * * 1
Note: Combined first and second mentions; Rankings are based on total number of responses; *Less than 0.5%
GALLUP, DEC. 4-11, 2017

This is very US -centric. I don’t particularly admire any of those on either list, except perhaps John McCain and Angela Merkel, and Bernie Sanders deserves some admiration but for his efforts in 2016.

The 2017 survey marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman. She has held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else. Eleanor Roosevelt is second with 13 wins.

The 9% who name Clinton is the lowest percentage she has received since 2002, when 7% named her in another close first-place finish. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating.

Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 — the year he was first elected — and this year, his first as a former president.

The percentage of adults naming Obama as the most admired man is down from 22% last year, but he has been at or near 17% in several other years.


The Queen (of England) has been in the list but never top for a long time.

Hillary Clinton has finished in the top 10 26 times, the fifth most among women. She trails two of this year’s other top 10 finishers — Queen Elizabeth II (who holds the record for women, with 49 appearances) and Oprah Winfrey (named for the 30th time, third behind former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 34 appearances and ahead of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ 28 during their lifetimes).

Despite their frequent appearances on the list, neither the queen nor Winfrey has ever finished first.

Not surprisingly preferences are highly partisan.

Obama leads among Democrats, with 39% mentioning him and 3% Trump.

Trump wins handily among Republicans — 35% name him as the man they admire most, with only 1% naming Obama.

Independents are slightly more likely to name Obama (12%) than Trump (9%).

Incumbency usually but not always ensures prominence.

The incumbent president is the usual winner, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country — but when the president is unpopular, other well-known and well-liked men have been able to finish first.

Former presidents commonly make the top 10 list but rarely win, with Obama only the second to do so, along with Eisenhower in 1967 and 1968.

Trump might have to do some more tweeting.

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  1. Corky

     /  29th December 2017

    Angela Merkel. Pete?

    The lady who is selling Germany out to Islam, and indirectly causing other EU nations to clamp down on immigration after seeing the destruction of Germany.

    Glad you find little redeeming about the The Dalai Lama. He has some wacky ideas and
    vacuous pronouncements. He has become the darling of Lefties because…well, because Tibetans are peace loving spiritual dudes.

    The thing is, he isn’t from the unbroken lineage of Dali Lamas. The last genuine DL died before the communist revolution, if I remember correctly. The Tibetans knew decades before, the fate that awaited them. They apparently moved all their priceless possessions to a secret locations to await the Chinese Communist downfall.

    • David

       /  29th December 2017

      Pope Francis has also sold Europe to Islam too, it’s a trend. He didn’t even bother asking for a cash advance. I wonder how long before he appears in an orange jump suite getting his head removed by those he promoted.

      • Corky

         /  29th December 2017

        ”He didn’t even bother asking for a cash advance. ” No need. He has a perpetual credit card.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  29th December 2017

    Duchess Kate Middleton ? Spare me. Who’s the ignorant ignoramus who called the Duchess of Cambridge that ?


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