Donald Trump is a possibility the current president, but in terms of who Americans most admire, his predecessor and the person he beat in the 2016 election top the list.
Barack Obama edged his successor as the most admired man for 2017, a Gallup poll observes, celebrating the first time since 2008 when a sitting chairman didn’t win the annual accolade. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is the woman Americans most admire for the 16 th time in a row.
It was a close race. Seventeen percent of those surveyed named Obama as the man they most admire, to 14 percentage for Trump. To no surprise, there was a wide partisan split, with 35 percent of Republican saying Trump was most admired man of the year, and 39 percentage of Democrats picking Obama.
“Trump’s unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired difference, ” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote. “The incumbent chairperson is the usual win, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the two countries — but after the president is unpopular, other well-known and well-liked humankinds have been able to finish first.”
Others receiving elections as most admired man this year include Pope Francis, Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama.
Clinton, who won the national popular election during the 2016 presidential election by about 2.9 -million votes, though lost in the all-important Electoral College to Trump, thumped former First Lady Michelle Obama in the poll 9 percent to 7 percent.
Clinton has been named “most-admired” more than any other woman or human in Gallup’s polling history — 22 periods in total — but discovered her share of the vote reach its lowest degree in 15 times. 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.
Clinton “remains arguably more prominent than other contenders, ” Jones wrote in a blog post announcing the findings and conclusions. “However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over.”
The poll have another dark spot for one of America’s more prominent political households: former President clinton, who topped the listing while in agency from 1993 to 2000, fell out of the top 10 for the first time in more than 25 years.