Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Obama edges Trump as most-admired man, again

Obama edges Trump as most-admired man, again

Trump took second place with 14 percent, while Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman for the 16th year in a row, with 9 percent of mentions, Gallup found.

It was the 22nd time Clinton was perceived as such, more than anyone else, with former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt coming in second with 13 wins.

The more detailed data from Gallup showed Trump was tied for seventh with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Overall, she has held the title 22 times, more than any other woman-or man, for that matter.

Trump was followed by Pope Francis at 3%, along with other public figures like Rev. Billy Graham, John McCain, and Elon Musk.

Former President Obama may be out of sight, but he isn't out of mind with respondents of Gallup's annual "Most Admired Man" poll. But Trump's unpopularity kept him from the top spot, by a margin of 3 percent.

Trump is not the first incumbent president not to be named most-admired man: Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George W Bush all missed out in years corresponding to poor approval ratings.

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

More: Does Trump have a grand strategy for foreign policy? The incumbent president is usually the victor, "since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country", Gallop stated in its news release. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over". However, Clinton's support levels have declined over the years, and her 9% rank comes in well underneath her 2016 presidential rival. He came in second previous year as well, but with a slightly higher percentage-15 percent.

Clinton "remains arguably more prominent than other contenders", Jones wrote in a blog post announcing the findings.

Results are based on telephone interviews conducted with a random sample of 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia.

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