Donald Trump could possibly be the present president, but in terms of who Americans most admire, his predecessor and the individual he overcome in the 2016 election top the list.
Barack Obama edged his successor as the most admired man for 2017, a Gallup poll finds, marking the first time since 2008 if a sitting president didn’t win the annual accolade. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is that the girl Americans most admire for its 16th year in a row.
It was a close race. Seventeen percent of those surveyed called Obama since the guy they admire, to 14% for Trump. Without surprise, there was a broad partisan split, with 35 percent of Republicans saying Trump was admired man of this year, and 39% of Democrats choosing Obama.
“Trump’s unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote. “The president is the customary winner, because he’s potentially the most prominent figure in the nation — but if the president is unpopular, additional well-known and well-known men are in a position to complete.”
Others receiving votes as most admired man this season include Pope Francis, Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama.
Clinton, who won the national popular vote during the 2016 presidential election by about 2.9-million ballots, however lost in the all-important Electoral College to Trump, conquer former First Lady Michelle Obama at the survey 9 percent to 7 percent.
Clinton has been termed “most-admired” more than any other woman or man at Gallup’s polling history — 22 times in total — but watched her share of the vote hit its lowest point in 15 years. Other women around the most admired list include Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and present First Lady Melania Trump.
Clinton “remains arguably more notable than other contenders,” Jones wrote in a blog post announcing the findings. “Nevertheless, maintaining that stature might be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over.”
The survey found another shadowy place for among America’s most prominent political families: former President Bill Clinton, that topped the list while in office from 1993 to 2000, dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in more than 25 years.