Obama beats Trump in America's Most Admired Man poll

Obama is only the second former president to win the "most admired" title, along with Dwight Eisenhower in 1967 and 1968.

However, the website said Pres. Donald Trump's "unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction".

Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have retained their titles as the man and woman most admired by Americans out of anyone in the entire world.

Seventeen per cent of the Americans who polled said Obama was the man they admired most, down from 22 per cent previous year.

Taking the top slot for women was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with 9 percent. Of the 71 times Gallup has posed the most admired man question, the incumbent has won 58.

He was bested by former president Barack Obama, who according to the poll has been the most admired man America for ten years running.

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She's taken the top spot a total of 22 times, more than any man or woman in the poll's history.

Both Obama and Clinton have topped the respective lists for the past decade.

While Obama tops the Most Admired Men list, Hillary Clinton has topped the Most Admired Woman list.

Trump finished second in the poll at 14 percent. "But the likelihood that she will continue to hold that honor in future years seems less certain, with her popularity at a nadir and the percentage naming her as most admired the lowest in 15 years", it stated. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over".

Different names high on the rundowns include: Pope Francis, Rev. Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth II.

The polling research company talked to 1,049 adults throughout the country between December 4 and 11.

  • Adam Floyd