WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- For the first time in 17 years, Michelle Obama is named as this year’s most admired woman in America says a new survey from Gallup.
- While Hillary Clinton used to top the list, her withdrawal from politics and retreating to a more private life afforded her in second place.
- Former President Barack Obama also won the most admired man in 2018 for the 11th time along with other former presidents and religious leaders.
Michelle Obama has been named by a Gallup poll as the year’s most admired woman in America. This marks the first time in 17 years that someone other than Hillary Clinton topped the list for America’s most admired. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama won America’s poll for the most admired man for the 11th time in a row.
In a yearly survey where Americans are asked to name the man or woman whom they admire most in the world, 15 percent named Mrs. Obama, landing her in first place. She was followed by Oprah Winfrey at 5 percent, followed by Hilary Clinton and Melania Trump with 4 percent each.
The switch in the top spot is pinned on to the fact that Clinton fully retreated to private life after a long career in politics including being a former first lady, U.S. senator and two-time presidential candidate, says Gallup.
Whereas for Michelle Obama, although her days of being the first lady are long since over, she is put back into the spotlight as she currently tours the country to promote “Becoming”, her best-selling autobiography.
Others who rounded out the list are Queen Elizabeth for a record 50th time, other world leaders, activists, entertainers and one Supreme Court justice. The list is as follows:
Gallup poll’s Most Admired Woman, 2018
Michelle Obama 15% mentioned
Oprah Winfrey 5%
Hillary Clinton 4%
Melania Trump 4%
Queen Elizabeth 2%
Angela Merkel 2%
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2%
Ellen DeGeneres 2%
Nikki Haley 1%
Malala Yousafzai 1%
Nancy Pelosi 1%
As for the most admired man, Gallup writes that the 11-year winning streak of Barack Obama leaves him one first-place finish short of tying with former President Dwight Eisenhower for the most times of being the country’s most admired man.
Since the poll started in 1946, this year also highlights the 13th time that the current president did not win. But with 13 percent of people mentioning him, President Trump made it to the list, coming in second.
Others who made it to the top 10 most admired men are former presidents, past presidential candidates, religious leaders and American billionaires. The list is as follows:
Gallup Poll’s Most Admired Man, 2018
Barack Obama 19% mentioned
Donald Trump 13%
George W. Bush 2%
Pope Francis 2%
Bill Gates 1%
Bernie Sanders 1%
Bill Clinton 1%
Dalai Lama 1%
Joe Biden 1%
Elon Musk 1%
Mike Pence 1%
Source: CBS News