Politics

Poll: Obama Wins Gallup's 'Most Admired Man'

| by Robert Fowler

A polling group's latest survey found that President Barack Obama is the most admired man in the U.S. His successor, President-elect Donald Trump, was ranked second, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was ranked the most admired woman by Americans.

On Dec. 28, Obama topped an annual Gallup poll measuring American respondents’ most admired world figures. The outgoing commander-in-chief was the top pick with support from 22 percent of respondents. Trump arrived in second place with 15 percent of respondents' support, Politico reports.

Also making the list were Pope Francis, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the Rev. Billy Graham, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, billionaire Bill Gates and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Clinton topped the list of most admired women with 12 percent support, her 15th year in a row topping the poll. First Lady Michelle Obama was ranked second with 8 percent support.

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Other prominent women that made the list were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, television stars Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, England's Queen Elizabeth, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Historically, sitting presidents have always topped the Gallup list, with the rare exception being Obama ranking above former President George W. Bush in 2008. Obama has ranked first as Americans' most admired man in every proceeding year.

Set to leave office on Jan. 20, Obama has been enjoying a healthy favorability rating during his final months in office. Aggregating the last 11 national polls released since Dec. 5, Real Clear Politics found that Obama has an average job approval rating of 53.8 percent with an average 41.6 percent disapproval rating.

Meanwhile, aggregating the past 12 favorability polls released since Dec. 1, Real Clear Politics found that Trump has a more divisive average of 44 percent favorability rating with a 48.7 percent unfavorable rating.

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On Dec. 26, Obama asserted he would have won reelection against Trump if he had been constitutionally allowed to run for a third term. In a podcast interview with his former senior adviser, David Axelrod, Obama said he believed his vision for the country was still potent.

"I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I -- if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Obama said.

Trump pushed back on this assertion, expressing confidence on social media that he would have denied Obama a third term if the two had run against each other.

"President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me," Trump tweeted out. "He should say that but I say NO WAY! - jobs leaving, ISIS, Ocare, etc."

Sources: Politico (2), Real Clear Politics (2) / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr

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