Michelle Obama voted 'most admired' woman in US, beats Melania Trump who tied with Hillary Clinton at No 3

Clinton reigned atop the list more than any other man or woman, finishing first 22 times in 1993 and 1994, 1997 through 2000, and 2002 through 2017, according to Gallup


                            Michelle Obama voted 'most admired' woman in US, beats Melania Trump who tied with Hillary Clinton at No 3

According to a Gallup poll, Michelle Obama knocked Hillary Clinton off the perch she held for 17 years to become America's "Most Admired Woman". Clinton tied with First Lady Melania Trump at Number 3 on Gallup's list of "Most Admired Man and Woman, 2018," with Oprah Winfrey clinching the Number 2 spot, Daily Mail reports.

Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama arrives on stage at an event at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School on December 03, 2018 in London, England. (Getty)
Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama arrives on stage at an event at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School on December 03, 2018 in London, England. (Getty)

Obama won 15 percent of the vote - 10 points ahead of Winfrey at number two - as she tours the country to promote her memoir "Becoming", while Clinton and Trump both garnered 4 percent. Clinton has stepped away from the spotlight after a long and controversial career as first lady, senator, secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

However, Obama saw her book become a bestseller in 2018. In addition to making multiple media appearances to tout her memoir, the former first lady has held shows in the biggest theaters and concert venues during the nationwide book tour. That said, Clinton reigned atop the list more than any other man or woman, finishing first 22 times in 1993 and 1994, 1997 through 2000, and 2002 through 2017, according to Gallup.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump (R) participate in a turkey pardoning event at the Rose Garden of the White House November 20, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty)
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump (R) participate in a turkey pardoning event at the Rose Garden of the White House November 20, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Unsurprisingly, the list placed former President Barack Obama as the 'Most Admired Man' for the 11th year in a row, with President Donald Trump clinching the number two spot for the fourth year in a row. Aside from the two political opponents,  Pope Francis, George W. Bush, and businessman Bill Gates made it to the top five. While Sen. Bernie Sanders took the number six slot, former President Bill Clinton came in a distant seventh - although Bill Clinton, Gates, and Sanders all garnered just one percent of the vote.

 From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during the state funeral for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on December 5, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty)
 From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during the state funeral for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on December 5, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty)

The rise of the Obamas in the recent Gallup polls indicates the new guard taking over the Democratic Party after a 25-year reign of the Clintons. While Democrats named the Obamas as the most admired man and woman, Republicans went with the Trumps, according to the poll. However, independents by default went with the Obamas, thus putting them over the contenders. Having said that, former president Obama must finish first just once more in order to tie with Dwight Eisenhower for the most times being the Most Admired Man - an honor which Eisenhower won 12 times.