Obama edges Trump as most admired, Gallup finds

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Former President Barack Obama is the most admired man among Americans, narrowly edging President Trump for the title, Gallup’s annual poll finds. Trump’s opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, is the most admired women.

According to the results of the annual survey released Wednesday, 17 percent of U.S. adults polled named Obama as the man they admire most in the world, while 14 percent named Trump. It was the third year in a row that Trump finished second to Obama, who has been the most admired man 10 years running. Pope Francis, with 3 percent, was a distant third.

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Trump is one of just seven incumbent presidents to not claim the most admired mantle. Presidents Harry Truman (in 1946-1947 and 1950-1952), Lyndon Johnson (1967-1968), Richard Nixon (1973), Gerald Ford (1974-1975), Jimmy Carter (1980) and George W. Bush (2008) each failed to achieve most admired status in those years. And like Trump, all but two (Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974) had job approval ratings well below 50 percent, per Gallup.

Vice President Mike Pence, at 1 percent, finished tied for seventh alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, Clinton was the most admired woman in the world in 2017 — the 16th consecutive year the former first lady and secretary of state has captured the honor. She finished just 2 points ahead of former first lady Michelle Obama, 9 percent to 7 percent. The current first lady, Melania Trump, was tied for seventh.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (Yahoo News photo illustration; photos: Carolyn Kaster/AP, Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (Yahoo News photo illustration; photos: Carolyn Kaster/AP, Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Most Admired Man

• Barack Obama 17%
• Donald Trump 14%
• Pope Francis 3%
• Billy Graham 2%
• John McCain 2%
• Elon Musk 2%
• Bernie Sanders 1%
• Bill Gates 1%
• Benjamin Netanyahu 1%
• Jeff Bezos 1%
• The Dalai Lama 1%
• Mike Pence 1%

Most Admired Woman

• Hillary Clinton 9%
• Michelle Obama 7%
• Oprah Winfrey 4%
• Elizabeth Warren 3%
• Angela Merkel 2%
• Queen Elizabeth II 2%
• Condoleezza Rice 1%
• Melania Trump 1%
• Nikki Haley 1%
• Kate Middleton 1%
• Beyoncé 1%

Source: Gallup, Dec. 4-11, 2017

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