Since 1946 Gallup has been asking Americans to name the one man on the planet who they admire the most. This year, for the 9th consecutive time, Barack Obama has won the honor, defeating President Trump by a moderate margin, 22% to 15%.
The poll, which was conducted in between the election and inauguration from December 9-11, likely would have shown an even wider margin in favor of Obama had it been conducted today. Obama’s approval among Americans is higher than it was in December, while Trump’s approval has floundered as scandal after scandal has struck the White House.
Filling out the top 10 behind Obama and Trump are Pope Francis, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the Rev Billy Graham, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates, and Vice President Mike Pence.
With his ninth win, Obama is now second to only Dwight Eisenhower (12 wins) for the most years on top of the list. Obama’s victory can be credited mainly due to the fact that 50% of all Democrats surveyed listed his name as their most admired, while only 34% of Republicans listed Trump as theirs.
On the female side, another Trump foe, Hillary Clinton won the ‘Most Admired Woman’ for the 15th consecutive year and a record 21st time overall. Clinton has been at the top of the list since her husband’s first full year as president, 1993, and has stayed there every year besides 1995 and 1996, when Mother Teresa and Laura Bush won the honor.
It isn’t unusual for a President-elect to lose out to an outgoing President. In fact only Obama and Eisenhower won the honor as President-elects themselves.