Gallup Poll released on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 their list of most admired men and women for the year with predictable results. For the seventh straight year, President Barack Obama has topped the list of most admired men, while Hillary Clinton topped the list of most admired women for the 19th time. As Gallup noted “Although both Hillary Clinton and Obama saw their popularity fade this year, they remain prominent and popular enough to be the most top-of-mind people living today when Americans are asked to name the woman and man they admire most.”
President Obama won the distinction with 19 percent of the vote, he has appeared on the top 10, 10 times since 2006, followed far behind by Pope Francis, with former President Bill Clinton coming in a third place with 3 percent of the vote, Clinton has been on the list 23 times. The rest of those included in the top 10, are Rev. Billy Graham, who has been on the list 58 times tied for fourth place with former President George W. Bush, who is seeing his 14th appearance, both with two percent.
The remaining of the top men only received 1 percent of the votes, and they included Neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, who has appeared on the list 15 times, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is no surprise Obama won most admired, it is tradition for the sitting president to always be named the most admired, and has been the case for 68 years. As Gallup explained, “The incumbent president is nearly always the winner of the most admired distinction, having placed first in all but 12 of the 68 years the question has been asked.”
As for the most admired women former first lady, New York Senator, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton topped the list for the 19th time, only losing out on the number one spot in 2001 when then first lady Laura Bush took the position.
Hillary Clinton was number one with 12 percent of the vote, followed by Oprah Winfrey in second with 8 percent, Clinton’s smallest lead since 2007. In third place is 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani girl’s education advocate Malala Yousafzai with 5 percent, former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, who has appeared 14 times is in fourth place with four percent, while first lady Michelle Obama is in fifth place with only 3 percent of the vote.
There is a three-way tie with actress, director and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, former 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and Princess Kate, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge all at two percent. The remaining two spots in the top 10 are occupied by liberal darling and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former first lady Laura Bush, who has appeared 11time, both at one percent.
Besides, the general list Gallup further divided the most admired list by political view. Among Democrats, and Democratic leaners, President Obama is the most admired man, but with 33 percent, Obama also tops the Republicans and Republican leaners but with 8 percent and tying with Pope Francis. There was a definitive difference between political allegiances and the most admired women lists. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton topped the list with 20 percent, while among Republicans Condoleezza Rice tops their most admired with 9 percent, while Hillary Clinton drops to third place with only 5 percent.
Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.