Americans’ most admired man and woman in the world are — once again — President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This was Clinton’s 14th time at the top, the record for number of years leading the list for either men or women.
In the Gallup Poll’s “Most Admired List” released Dec. 28, Donald Trump tied Pope Francis for the No. 2 spot. Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Prize as an activist for women’s education, came second on the women’s list.
As often happens in these open-ended polls, those behind No. 1 have barely a fraction of the votes. While 17 percent of those surveyed named Obama and 13 percent Clinton, 5 percent named Trump and the pontiff, as well as Yousafzai. After that, the names in the men’s race are in a statistical tie: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Dalai Lama, Billy Graham (59th time on the list), George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama were tied for third among women, followed by Carly Fiorina in a tie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth. Following them were Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Palin.