Most Admired Man of the Year? A Tie Between 44, 45

Trump, Obama each get 18% of the vote
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2019 10:50 AM CST
Most Admired Man of the Year? A Tie Between 44, 45
President Trump walks with former President Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, prior to Obama's departure from Trump's inauguration.   (Jack Gruber/Pool Photo via AP)

In perhaps a sign of the times, two men tied for most admired man of the year in Gallup's 2019 poll: The current US president, Donald Trump, and the last one, Barack Obama. Eighteen percent of US adults voted for each one, with Trump getting the vote of 45% of Republicans, 10% of independents, and 2% of Democrats, and Obama getting the vote of 41% of Democrats, 12% of independents, and 3% of Republicans. They were way above the runners-up—no other man was named by more than 2% of all respondents.

Obama has taken the No. 1 spot a record 12 times (tying with Dwight Eisenhower, the only other former president to have gotten double-digit scores after leaving office), and has scored in the double digits all three years since leaving office. Trump, on the other hand, is in the No. 1 spot for the first time; as Gallup notes, he was politically unpopular in 2017 and 2018, but his current 45% job approval rating, among the highest he's seen, seemingly correlates with him getting his highest rating yet in the Gallup poll. Read on for the top 10 most admired women, plus the rest of the top 10 men.

Michelle Obama was the most admired women for 2019, her second consecutive year in the top spot, but her percentage went down to 10% from last year's 15%. Coming in second is current first lady Melania Trump at 5%. No other woman was named by more than 3% of respondents. The rest of the top 10:

  1. Oprah Winfrey
  2. Hillary Clinton
  3. Greta Thunberg
  4. Queen Elizabeth
  5. Nancy Pelosi
  6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  7. Elizabeth Warren
  8. Tie between Angela Merkel and Nikki Haley
Read on for the rest of the top 10 most admired men.

The rest of the top 10 men:

  1. Jimmy Carter
  2. Elon Musk
  3. Bill Gates
  4. Pope Francis
  5. Bernie Sanders
  6. Adam Schiff
  7. The Dalai Lama
  8. Warren Buffett
See more at Gallup. (More best of 2019 stories.)

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