Gallup Poll: Obama ‘Most Admired Man’ Of 2016, Trump No. 2


An annual poll conducted by Gallup between Dec. 7 and 11 found that President Barack Obama is the “Most Admired Man” of 2016. The results, published Wednesday, showed that 22 percent of Americans voted for Obama as the man they admire most.

President-elect Donald Trump garnered 15 percent of the vote to take second place.

It was Obama’s ninth consecutive win, but the 7-point margin made it his narrowest victory.

Third place went to Pope Francis (4 percent), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders finished in fourth place (2 percent), and the Rev. Billy Graham was fifth (1 percent).

Rounding out the top 10 were Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Obama’s 22 percent is an increase from the 17 percent he received in 2015. However, he has not surpassed the 30 percent he received in 2009 when he was first named “Most Admired Man of the Year.”

About 24 percent listed “Other,” and 23 percent had “No Opinion.”

Defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was named “Most Admired Woman” for the 15th consecutive year and 21st time overall.

Clinton debuted on the list in 1993.

First lady Michelle Obama came in second place on this year’s list with 8 percent of the vote. She was followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3 percent) and talk show host Oprah Winfrey (3 percent).

The rest of the top 10 included comedian Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Elizabeth, Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Twenty-two percent said “Other” when asked which woman they admired most this year, and 31 percent said they had “No Opinion.”

A random sample of 1,028 adults were questioned for the Gallup poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

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