In an annual poll conducted since 1946, the former first couple–Barack and Michelle Obama–were ranked as America’s most admired man and woman.
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For the 9th consecutive year, former U.S. President Barack Obama won the top spot as among America’s most admired men in Gallup’s annual poll.
His wife and former first lady, Michelle Obama won the distinction as America’s most admired woman, after ousting former Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, from the top spot for the first time in 17 years.
President Donald Trump and George Bush were also among the prominent persons on the list.
Former POTUS won 19 percent votes, while former FLOTUS won 15 percent to clinch the top spot in the annual Gallup survey conducted from December 3 to December 12.
According to the Gallup poll report, if Obama is named again in 2019, he will become the second former U.S. President ever in history, to have won the title the most number of times.
Former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower currently holds the record for the highest number of years named most admired man.
With Obama retaining the top spot among men in 2018, the survey for the year marked the 13th time in history that an incumbent president did not come in first place in the annual ranking.
His predecessor, U.S. President Donald Trump, was ranked in the second spot with 13 percent votes.
According to Gallup pollsters, Trump’s failure to make the top spot in the annual survey at least once while he is President, will win him a spot alongside Gerald Ford – who is currently the only man in the White House who has not been named most admired while in office.
The poll report for 2018 also showed that 35% of Democrats surveyed named Obama as America’s most admired man, while 32% of Republicans named Trump.
However, Gallup noted that Republicans (7 percent) were more likely to name Obama than Democrats (1 percent) were to name Trump.
This year, George W. Bush and Pope Francis shared the third position in the annual rankings, scoring 2% each.
Bill Gates, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk rounded out the list for the top 10 most admired men in America.
The two men, who frequently ranked in the top 10 passed away in 2018 – Sen. John McCain (6 times) and evangelist Billy Graham (61 times).
Rev. Billy Graham has the most top 10 finishes than any man or woman in America since 1946, when Gallup began the annual poll.
Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton were among the most admired women.
The former U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama ended the 17-year winning run of former U.S. Democratic senator and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton – who dropped to the third spot this year.
Further, the lawyer, author, and activist clinched the top spot by a wide margin – winning 15 percent votes in the annual survey.
The former first lady, who recently released a memoir titled “Becoming,” is currently on a multi-city book tour.
With 5 percent votes, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey scored the second spot this year – a position she has now earned 14 times.
While Winfrey has never claimed the first place, Clinton lost the title as America’s most admired woman after winning continuously for the past 17 years in a row.
Clinton, who ran for the White House in 2016, has won the top spot on the list 22 times so far but scored 4 percent this year, to be ranked third on the list.
She was followed by current U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, who scored a similar 4 percent this year.
With 2 percent votes, Queen Elizabeth II followed next – finishing in the top 10 for the 50th time ever.
Angela Merkel, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ellen DeGeneres, Nikki Haley and Malala Yousafzai were also among the top 10 this year.
The survey, which was conducted among a random selection of 1,025 adults, has been carried out every year since 1946, with the exception of 1976.