It may have been a difficult political year for President Barack Obama, but he continues to reign as the nation’s Most Admired Man, according to the Gallup Poll. Sitting U.S. presidents have been won the most admired poll for 33 straight years now.
The Most Admired Woman, Gallup reports, is former Secretary of State and (perhaps) future presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. It’s the 18th time the former first lady has won the honor. Clinton, who took 15% in the current poll, finished ahead of television personality Oprah Winfrey (6%), current first lady Michelle Obama (5%), and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (5%). Obama, at 16%, won the man’s poll ahead of both predecessor George W. Bush and Pope Francis, each of whom had 4%.
Gallup states, “It would not be surprising for Obama to continue to rank as the Most Admired Man for the duration of his presidency, as the sitting president has won the distinction 57 times in the 67 years the question has been asked, including the last 33 in a row. Given his relative youth at age 52, the esteem in which Americans hold former presidents, and his historical significance as the first African-American president, should he live a long life he likely will also rank among the men with the most top 10 appearances for all time.”