Obama, Hillary Clinton top Gallup lists of most admired

(MCT) – The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in America has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a talk show host and a plethora of politicians.
Dec 31, 2013
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for the Presidential Medal of Freedom presentation ceremony in the East Room at the White House on Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)


(MCT) – The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in America has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a talk show host and a plethora of politicians.

President Barack Obama hung on to the top spot on the list of most admired men, despite the health care drama, for the sixth year in a row. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was first on the list of most admired women – her record-setting 18th time on the list.

Francis, the pope whose popularity soared in 2013 amid anecdotes of his selflessness and frugality, tied for second with George W. Bush. Still, the pope and the former president lagged far behind Obama, 4 percent compared with 16 percent.

Nelson Mandela actually beat out both Bush and Francis. The survey was conducted Dec. 5-8 – Mandela died on the 5th. The South African leader scored 7 percent in the poll, but it's limited to the living, so he was excluded.

Clinton was named most admired woman for the last 12 years in a row, according to Gallup. Her 18 appearances on the list are more than any other woman in Gallup's history, although her total of 15 percent is down from 21 percent in 2012 and the lowest since 2006.

This was Obama's sixth year as most admired man, but he has a long way to go when it comes to the most top 10 finishes among men. The Rev. Billy Graham reigns supreme with 57. Queen Elizabeth II (10th on this year's list) holds the record for top 10 finishes among women with 46.

Only one actor (Clint Eastwood) and one actress (Angelina Jolie) made the 2013 list.

Here are the top 10 men: Obama, 16 percent; George W. Bush, 4 percent; Pope Francis, 4 percent; Bill Clinton, 2 percent; the Rev. Billy Graham, 2 percent; Bill Gates, 1 percent; Clint Eastwood, 1 percent; Ron Paul, 1 percent; Ted Cruz, 1 percent; Mitt Romney, 1 percent; Jimmy Carter, 1 percent.

The top 10 women: Hillary Clinton, 15 percent; Oprah Winfrey, 6 percent; Michelle Obama, 5 percent; Sarah Palin, 5 percent; Malala Yousafzai, 2 percent; Condoleezza Rice, 2 percent; Angela Merkel, 1 percent; Angelina Jolie, 1 percent; Duchess Kate, 1 percent; Queen Elizabeth II, 1 percent.



This has to be April Fools Day rather than New Year's Day.

What has American come to when the most admired people are the ones who are sowing the most damage and never accept responsibility. BENGHAZI! IRS SCANDAL! OBAMAdoesn't CARE, ETC!

My insurance deductible doubled because I am a 'aged employee.' My premiums increased. My coverage remained the same. I don't admire the 'Community Organizer' who is bankrupting this country and the person who failed to save the lives of Ambassador Stevens and his brave security force.



I am grateful that this law actually allowed me to get insurance because of a pre existing condition. Before I couldn't afford 2300$ a month for insurance and made just enough to not be eligible for tenncare. I don't like parts of it but it's a start in the right direction. And I don't remember anyone getting upset 6 years ago when our embassy in east Asia was bombed and killed 12 Americans. Where was the outrage then?


Log in or sign up to post comments.