Gallup Poll: Barack Obama Edges Out President Trump as Most Admired Man

Gallup has released their list of 2017’s Most Admired Men and Women, and it seems that even though his presidency ended almost a year ago, Barack Obama is still more popular than Donald Trump. Obama topped the list for the 10th consecutive year after 17% of Gallup’s respondents named him as the most admired man in America. This is a decrease from Obama’s 22% rating from 2016, though it’s enough to top his presidential successor, who ranked in at 14% percent. Trump was followed by Pope Francis at 3%, along with other public figures like Rev. Billy Graham, John McCain, and Elon Musk. “Trump’s unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction,” the Gallup post reads. “The incumbent president is the usual winner, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country – but when the president is unpopular, other well-known and men have been able to finish first.” The poll also indicates that Hillary Clinton will maintain her 16 year streak at the top of Gallup’s list of Most Admired Women. However, Clinton’s support levels have declined over the years, and her 9% rank comes in well underneath her 2016 presidential rival. This could mean that Clinton’s place at the top will be usurped by runner ups like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, or Angela Merkel in the coming years. “The likelihood that [Clinton] 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,” said Jones. “She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders. However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over.” You can read the full results here. [Image via screengrab] — —
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