The responses went mostly down party lines: Forty-one percent of Democrats named Obama (2 percent named Trump), while 45 percent of Republicans named Trump (3 percent named Obama).
The former first lady pipped current first lady Melania Trump in the annual poll by analytics company Gallup, which asks 1025 adults in the USA which man or woman living anywhere in the world they admire most.
The Gallup poll, conducted each year since 1948, asked Americans to name which man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most.
Trump's tie at top spot for Gallup's coveted accolade comes after two successive years of placing second-best to Obama, who this year secured top spot for a record-equalling twelfth time.
The 44th president's popularity is matched only by President Dwight Eisenhower, who also received double-digit mentions even after his time in office. "When the incumbent president is not the choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically, which was the case for Trump in 2017 (36% approval rating) and 2018 (40%)", Gallup elaborated.
Every year, Gallup conducts an open-ended survey asking respondents to offer up the name of the man and woman they admire the most instead of presenting a list of options to choose from. Read on for the top 10 most admired women, plus the rest of the top 10 men.
For the second year in a row, Michelle Obama was named the most admired woman in America.
Last year, 13 percent of Americans chose Trump as the most admired man, and 14 percent picked him in 2017, the first year of his presidency.
Michelle Obama wowed 10% of the respondents - down from her 15% past year - followed by Melania Trump at 5%.