At the top of the New Year on Tuesday, Gallup publicized the results of its annual “Most Admired Woman” and “Most Admired Man”. The pollster of all pollsters reveals that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to be the most admired of all women throughout the world – making 2012 the eleventh year in a row that Mrs. Clinton has received the honor and her 17th time receiving the honor overall since 1993. President Barack Obama has received the honor for the past five years in a row.
While it isn’t unusual that the president of the United States receives the honor while being a sitting president, it is quite uniquely honorable for Mrs. Clinton to receive the honor repeatedly through the years.
The results on the list are based on a Gallup and USA Today poll conducted on Dec. 19 through 22, 2012. The unprompted question simply asked respondents which woman and which man they most admire of the people currently living in any part of the world. The annual poll began in 1946 when Gallup asked who people found to be the most admirable man. Two years later, the question asked about both men and women. There was a break in the poll in 1976 when the poll was not conducted.
The top ten most admired men in 2012 actually listed eleven persons who are: President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Sen. John McCain, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham, Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama.
The top ten most admired women in 2012 are: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Condolezza Rice, Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth, and Kate Middleton.
Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman more times than any other woman ever. The man who received the honor the most was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who received the male honor 12 times.
Of note, American businessmen Warren Buffet, Donald Trump and Bill Gates lost some of their magnetic admiration from those polled as all three were on the list last year but fell off the list this year.