Obama most admired man among Americans: Gallup poll

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Obama most admired man among Americans: Gallup poll

Former president Barack Obama is still America's most admired man, according to Gallup's Most Admired Man and Woman poll published Wednesday. Pope Francis took third place with 3 percent of respondents, and the rest of the top dozen men included politicians, religious figures and billionaires.

Obama came out on top of the annual Gallup survey for the 10th year in a row while Clinton, who lost last year's presidential election to Donald Trump, was named the most admired woman for the 16th straight year.

"Trump's unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction", Gallup's Jeffrey Jones wrote.

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.

"Gallup has asked the most admired man question 71 times since 1946 - all but in 1976", the organization said. She has also held the title 22 times, more than any other person, either man or woman.

That makes him second only to former president Dwight Eisenhower. He was followed by President Trump at 14%, the only finisher even close to Obama's 17%. Other women on the most admired list include Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and current First Lady Melania Trump.

Both Obama and Clinton have topped the respective lists for the past decade. Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt received the second highest number of wins with 13 nominations. She has claimed the title 22 times, more than anyone else. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over", the poll stated online.

Gallup's poll was conducted December 4 through December 11.

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