Obama Is More Admired Than The Pope, Poll Shows

Dec 30, 2013 12:52pm
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President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are once again the two most admired people in the world, Americans say, according to a new Gallup poll.

The distinction is something of a perk of the job for Obama. The sitting president has won 57 times in the past 67 years that the question has been asked.

Sixteen percent say he’s the most admired man, followed not-so-closely by former President George W. Bush, who takes 4 percent of the vote. Pope Francis, of whom 69 percent of Americans approve, according to a recent ABC News-Washington Post poll, ties with Bush for second and third place with 4 percent of the vote.

“Given his relative youth at age 52, the esteem in which Americans hold former presidents, and his historical significance as the first African-American president, should he live a long life he likely will also rank among the men with the most top 10 appearances for all time,” Gallup notes.

Americans have stuck with Obama despite flagging job-approval ratings, which are hovering near his all-time lows, though the percentage naming him the most admired has fallen steeply from the 30 percent it was in 2012. He has been named the most admired man for six consecutive years.

As for Clinton, Americans have named her the most admired woman for 12 years in a row, and she has won the title a total of 18 times since 1993, more than any other woman in Gallup’s history. And she has landed in the top-10 most admired 22 times.

This year marked the first time that she has been the most admired woman while not holding an official government role, Gallup says.

Though she’s already breaking records on the list of most-admired women, there might be more to come if she chooses to run for president in 2016.

Rounding out the top-10 most admired women list is Oprah Winfrey, 6 percent, Michelle Obama, 5, Sarah Palin, 5, Malala Yousafzai, 2, Condoleezza Rice, 2, Angela Merkel, 1, Angelina Jolie, 1, Duchess Kate, 1, and Queen Elizabeth II, 1.

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