New polling indicates that former U.S. President Barack Obama is America's' most admired man in the world for the 10th year in a row, beating out his successor, President Donald Trump. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton topped the list of most admired women, marking her 16th consecutive year sporting the title.
In December 2016, the annual Gallup survey found that 17 percent of national adults cited Barack Obama as the man they most admired in the world. Trump arrived in second place with 14 percent.
Pope Francis arrived in third place as Americans' most admired man while the Rev. Billy Graham, GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk tied for fourth place.
Meanwhile, Clinton topped the list of Americans' most admired women in the world with 9 percent, her 16th consecutive year. Overall, the former secretary of state topped the survey 22 times. Former first lady Michelle Obama was a close second with 9 percent, followed by Oprah Winfrey and Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
2017 marked the 10th consecutive year that Barack Obama garnered the Gallup title of most admired man in the world, his winning streak stretching back to 2008.
Historically, incumbent presidents have topped off the Gallup annual poll.
Since 1946, 58 of the 71 male winners had been presidents working in the White House. The only presidents to lose out on the top spot during a year in their terms were Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and now Trump.
The current record-holder for Gallup's survey for most admired man was former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who claimed the coveted spot 12 times.
On Dec. 29, 2017, Trump took to social media to blast assertions that he was less popular than Barack Obama, citing a Fox News "Fox and Friends" segment, Politico reports.
"While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, [Fox and Friends] just showed that my rating ... was approximately the same as President Obama ... and despite this massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!" Trump tweeted out.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the national surveys conducted throughout 2009, found that VBarack Obama had an average approval rating of 56.5 percent and an average disapproval of 36 percent after his first year in office.
The same website, after aggregating the nine polls released between Dec. 12 and Dec. 30, 2017, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 40 percent and average disapproval of 56 percent.