Barack Obama beats Donald Trump in the race for the most admired man of the year

Trump's presidential campaign rival last year — Hillary Clinton — was named the most admired woman for the 16th consecutive year in a poll conducted by Gallup


                            Barack Obama beats Donald Trump in the race for the most admired man of the year

More number of Americans in the United States still consider former president Barack Obama as the most admired man in the world, according to Gallup's Most Admired Man and Woman poll. The poll — which was published on December 27 — stated that Obama beat current President Donald Trump, however, the gap between their votes has narrowed over the last year.

Former president Barack Obama (L) is greeted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel before speaking to a gathering of more than 50 mayors Caption. (Getty Images)

Obama reportedly held the title of the most admired man every year of his presidency, including the year he was elected. He beat Trump at the poll this year by 17 percent to 14 percent, according to reports.



Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at LA Promise Fund's 'Girls Build Leadership Summit' at Los Angeles Convention Center. (Getty Images)

While Trump's presidential campaign rival last year — Hillary Clinton — was named the most admired woman for the 16th consecutive year. The former secretary of state has held the coveted spot nearly 22 times in total, which is more than the longest-serving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who topped the Gallup list at least 13 times.



The poll stated that 9 percent of the people surveyed picked Hillary as their prime choice in 2017. However, it was noted that the number decreased from 12 percent in 2016 and 15 percent in 2013, according to Gallup.

Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts the WMC Wonder Woman Award onstage at the Women's Media Center 2017 Women's Media Awards. (Getty Images)

Former first lady Michelle Obama featured second in the 2017 list with 7 percent of those surveyed choosing her as the woman they admired the most. Reports state that the survey was conducted by telephone interviews conducted from December 4-11. 



The poll used a random sample size of 1,049 adults.

Former United States first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017. (Getty Images)

Other prominent figures who ranked high on the Gallup list included Pope Francis, Rev. Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth II. 

Gallup has been conducting the most-admired poll for nearly 71 years now, since 1946.



According to Gallup, this year's survey was one of the few times the incumbent president was not chosen as the most admired man. Reports state that out of the 71 times the poll was conducted, the incumbent president was chosen 58 times. Trump is one of the few US presidents who did not make it to the top of the list.

US President Donald Trump (C) pauses during an event to celebrate Congress passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (Getty Images)

The poll stated that the Republicans were more likely to name Trump as the most admired man than Obama, with nearly 35 percent of them choosing the billionaire and 1 percent of them choosing Obama. Gallup stated that Democrats picked Obama more over Trump 39 percent to 3 percent. 



The Gallup stated that despite the results of the poll, a quarter of Americans who were surveyed could not name a man or a woman they admired the most. Nearly 9 percent of these people chose a friend or a relative as person they admired the most. 

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