In each of the past seven years since 2008, U.S. President Barack Obama has been “most admired man” by the American people, according to a Gallup poll released this morning. Once again, Hillary Clinton has polled by Gallup as the “woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most.” For Clinton, she has held the top women’s spot in each of the last 13 years and 17 of the last 18, with that streak interrupted only by first lady Laura Bush in 2001 after the 9/11 terror attacks.
The Gallup pollsters have for the past seven decades asked Americans an open-ended question: “Name the man and woman living anywhere in the world that they admire most.” In this year’s survey of which American do you admire most, President Obama’s numbers (19%) are more than triple that of his closest competitor, Pope Francis (6%). In third place is former President Bill Clinton (3%). Some of the others are the Rev. Billy Graham, former President George W. Bush among many others named. Also named are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin and potential 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and political commentator Bill O’Reilly also finished in the top 10. Rev. Billy Graham’s top 10 finish this year brings his unprecedented total appearances on the list to 58.
In the women’s category, Hillary Clinton (12%) was first, Oprah Winfrey (8%) was a close second, followed by Malala Yousfzai, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Palin, and Elizabeth Warren among many others.
In total, Hillary Clinton has been most admired woman 19 times, making her easily the most “admired” of any woman in Gallup’s history and six more times than Eleanor Roosevelt. Clinton has won the distinction from 1993 to 1994 and 1997 to 2000 when she was first lady; from 2002 to 2008 when she was a U.S. senator; and from 2009 to 2012 when she was secretary of state, according to Gallup. She currently has no formal public role, but she retains a high enough profile to top the list. Clinton is the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, should she decide to run. No serious challengers are expected to challenge.
Democrats and Democratic leaners widely choose Hillary Clinton (20%) and Barack Obama (33%) as the most admired woman and man, respectively. No unexpectedly, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were not as “admired” by Republicans.
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 8-11, 2014, with a random sample of 805 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.