President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the most admired men and women of 2016, topping the list for the ninth year in a row, a new poll found.
A 22 percent plurality of respondents to the open-ended Gallup survey question named Obama the man (living) they admire most, while 15 percent named President-elect Donald Trump, who finished in second place. With a seven percent margin of victory, this is Obama's narrowest win ever in this poll, despite his approval rating shooting up to 54 percent since it took a dip in 2013, according to averages compiled by Real Clear Politics.
Gallup has performed this survey, taken between Dec. 7 and 11, every year since 1946, and has found that the sitting president has won the top slot 58 times out of the 70 that pollsters have asked the question. Respondents have selected a non-president only in years when the sitting president has been unpopular, such as in 2008, when President-elect Obama was named over President George W. Bush.
Pope Francis, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Rev. Billie Graham, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence rounded out the top ten list of the most admired men.
Hillary Clinton took the highest honors on the women's side of the poll for the 15th year in a row and 21st overall. She has won every year since becoming first lady in 1993, with the exceptions of 1995 and 1996, when Mother Teresa took the top spots, and 2001, when first lady Laura Bush finished first.
Clinton was followed this year by first lady Michelle Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, television personalities Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Elizabeth of England, activist Malala Yousafzai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
Sources: Gallup, Real Clear Politics / Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson/Wikimedia Commons