President Obama, Hillary Clinton Most Admired Among Americans

    December 30, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Pope Francis may be Time’s person of the year, but Americans have several other people that they admire more than the Catholic Church’s newest leader.

According to a new Gallup poll, Barack Obama is by far the man most admired by Americans. Of those polled, 16% mentioned the President when asked about the people they admire most. Obama has topped each year’s most-admired man poll since he was first elected U.S. president in 2008.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the second most-admired person to Americans, with 15% of those surveyed mentioning her. According to Gallup this is Clinton’s 18th time as the most-admired woman over the past two decades. Other highly-admired women included Oprah Winfrey (6%), Michelle Obama (5%), Sarah Palin (5%), Condoleezza Rice (2%), and Malala Yousafzai (2%).

Other men to make the list include former President George W. Bush (4%), Pope Francis (4%), former President Bill Clinton (2%), and the Reverend Billy Graham (2%).

It is worth noting that Gallup’s polling was conducted in early December – after the President had come under scrutiny for both the troubled rollout of the Healthcare.gov website and his stance on the Syrian civil war. Though American admiration for Obama is far ahead of everyone but Hillary Clinton, the President is far less admired this year than in previous years. The people mentioning Obama as an admired figure this year was nearly half the 30% of Americans who mentioned him in 2012.

Rounding out the most-admired women list are others who have all made the list is past years: Angela Merkel, Angelina Jolie, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth II, who has appeared in the top 10 of most-admired women 46 times since Gallup began tracking such responses in 1948.

The list of most-admired men is filled out with the eclectic group of Bill Gates, Clint Eastwood, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Jimmy Carter, and Ted Cruz, the U.S. Senator from Texas who was instrumental in orchestrating the shutdown of the U.S. government this past October.

Image via White House/Pete Souza

  • What?

    Okay, who are we kidding? Obama and politicians are not admired at all. My God, only 8% of Americans have a favorable impression of Congress. I don’t know who did this study, but it is wrong and contradicts many other studies. Also, mentioning someone is not admiring someone.

    Let us stop living in a dream world. We are constantly being told how the people like their politicians. Trust me. I can go down to my local grocery store, Walmart, or pub and people are not talking about America the way the media is talking about America.

    America does not trust their government at all. They think it is corrupt to the core. There is a lot of pissed off people in this country.

  • http://www.rememberafrica.us Dr. Caroline Hoth

    Just can’t go wrong to admiring the Honorable President Barack Obama and the next President of the United States of America and most Powerful Lady in the World Madam Hillary Clinton. God bless them for giving us the best Leadership ever. I can’t wait to see President Obama and First Lady Michelle concluding excellently their second mandate and getting Hillary Clinton taking over as the First Female President of the USA ever… This is another HISTORIC Political Leadership event. Waoh!Let’s do it AMERICA. I pray God to be there. And I will be there.

    We love you Hillary Clinton for all you do for us all with much Love Madam the President. Be of good courage for we are all with you. YOU GO HILL!
    Thanks for writing to us in RA, we have started your campaign already. No one will sleep until you become President Elected and re-elected.

    May the Good Lord protect you as you work so hard for us all. We keep working hard and praying God to secure you wherever you go with President Clinton as First Gentleman, man, I’m loving this guys. Don’t you?

    Best wishes to Madam the President Hillary Clinton in 2014, but more importantly Best wishes Hill in advance in 2016 at the White House. We’ll meet again. Be there Hillary. Be there my Dear Friend. We will make sure that all are READY FOR HILLARY IN 2016. It’s happening now. Be part of the Grassroots, right now.

    Love always Hillary for 2016… We’re READYYYYYY…Be READY TOO. We need you all to join us in electing Hillary in 2016.

    Dr. Caroline Hoth