Obama most admired man among Americans: Gallup poll

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Barack Obama's numbers were down from 22 percent the previous year, but he was the first former president to win since Dwight D. Eisenhower did so in 1967 and 1968.

Gallup explains that Trump's unpopularity is likely what's holding him back from winning the most admired distinction.

ESOBarack Obama topped the list of most admired men in the USA according to the annual Gallup poll, with President Trump coming in second, the first time since 2008 the incumbent president didn't top the list.

Another 9 percent name a friend or relative as their most admired man, with 13 percent doing the same for most admired woman.

On the women's side, former first lady Michelle Obama just barely trailed behind Hillary Clinton in clinching the second spot with 7 percent.

The 44th president of the United States has captured Gallup's "Most Admired Man" title for the 10th year in a row. President Donald Trump took second place with 14 percent of respondents citing him when asked, open-ended, to name the man they admired most.

Others receiving votes as most admired man this year include Pope Francis, Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama.

As for Clinton, she has held the top spot for 16 years straight, though she had won the title 22 times. One percent of those surveyed named first lady Melania Trump their most admired woman, bringing her name into the top tier for the first time.

"Hillary Clinton has been named most admired more than any woman - or man - in Gallup's polling history".

Obama retaining his title this year is a bit unusual. With 10 wins, Obama comes in second place for the man with the most "Most Admired" wins.

However, Gallup is uncertainly whether she'll continue to come out on top.

Gallup said the poll of 1,049 adults was conducted between December 4-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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