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Just a few hours before the end of the year, the annual Gallup poll was released on Tuesday, choosing the most admired man in the United States. Former President Barack Obama had been holding the title of the famous consultant for 12 years in a row, but this year his hegemony was broken in the hands of the still President Donald J. Trump.
According to an article in The Hill, “18 percent of respondents named Trump as their most admired man, compared to 15 percent who named Obama and 6 percent who named President-elect Joe Biden.” On the other hand, 3 percent named the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, while 2 percent of respondents chose Pope Francis.
The top-ten was made up as follows:
Donald Trump, 18%
Barack Obama, 15%
Joe Biden, 6%
Anthony Fauci, 3%
Elon Musk, 1%
Bernie Sanders, 1%
Bill Gates, 1%
LeBron James, 1%
Dalai Lama, 1%
According to The Hill, “The current president of the United States has been named the most admired man by pollsters in 60 of the 74 years” the study was conducted. This includes all eight years of the Obama presidency and all years of the George W. Bush presidency except 2008. Trump finished second to Obama in 2017 and 2018; and in 2019 there was a tie between the two in first place.
Trump, most admired man in Gallup for the first time
This is the tenth time that Donald Trump has been ranked in the top ten, but the first time he has arrived in first place on his own. Before entering the political sphere, he was on the list in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2011. Biden, on the other hand, this is only his second appearance in the top 10, he was on the list in 2018.
According to Gallup, 48 percent of Republicans surveyed named Trump as the most admired man. No other public figure garnered more than 2 percent Republican support in the study. Among independents, both Obama and Trump received an even 11 percent support. Fauci was the choice of 5 percent of Democrats, but received only 1 percent of Republicans.
According to The Hill, “the record holder for top-10 appearances is the late Reverend Billy Graham,” who appeared on the Most Admired Man list 61 times before his death in 2018. Former President Carter has appeared on the list 29 times and is the most represented person alive.
The most admired woman in the USA
Gallup also elected the most admired woman and the winner was Michelle Obama, with 10% of the total election. In second place came Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, with 6% of the votes. Completing the podium was Melania Trump, with 4% preference.
The top-ten of the most admired women was like this:
Michelle Obama, 10 %
Kamala Harris, 6 % (first time in the top of the list)
Melania Trump, 4 %
Oprah Winfrey, 3 %
Angela Merkel, 2 %
Hillary Clinton, 2 % (beats Jacqueline Kennedy and is now the fourth highest ranking woman)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 2 % and first appearance
Queen Elizabeth II, 2 % (the woman who appeared the most)
Amy Coney Barrett, 1 % and great first appearance.
Greta Thunberg, 1 % and second appearance