For the first time in 17 years, a woman other than Hillary Clinton has been named by Americans as the woman they admire most. Former first lady Michelle Obama, who finished second to Clinton three times and is currently touring to promote her recently released autobiography, won by a significant margin this year, according to an annual survey conducted by Gallup. Oprah Winfrey was second, with Clinton and Melania Trump next.
In the men’s category, former President Barack Obama was the winner among men for the 11th consecutive year, including one year as president-elect, eight as president and two as former president, Gallup said in an online post. President Donald Trump ranks second for the fourth year in a row.
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Gallup’s annual survey, conducted on December 3, asks Americans, in an open-ended question, to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world today whom they admire most. Gallup first asked the question in 1946 and has done so every year since, except 1976.
Top 10 most admired women this year includes Queen Elizabeth, who is in the top 10 for a record 50th time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
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Top 10 most admired men this year includes former President George W. Bush, Pope Francis, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Vice President Mike Pence.
Former president Barack Obama continues to win as Most Admired Man and is poised to tie Eisenhower for the most No. 1 finishes among men if he earns the title in 2019.