President Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years in a row, while Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman for the last 11 years. Next in line after Clinton are First lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice. The results are based on a Dec. 19-22 USA Today/Gallup poll.
Gallup's "Most Admired" question is open-ended, asking Americans to name without prompting, the man and the woman they most admire living in any part of the world. The open-ended nature of the question produces the names of people with high name identification most often from the world of government and politics.
Also on the list this year are Nelson Mandela from international politics, two from royalty – Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton, and three from religious vocations – Billy Graham, Pope Benedict XVI, and the Dalai Lama.
Hillary Clinton's first-place finish this year solidifies her position as the most often named Most Admired Woman in Gallup's history – 17 times beginning with her first year as first lady in 1993. Eleanor Roosevelt comes in second with 13 finishes as Most Admired Woman, followed by Margaret Thatcher, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Mother Teresa.
Former General and US President Dwight David Eisenhower was the Most Admired Man 12 times, followed by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton with eight first-place finishes each.
The list includes individuals known for serving humanitarian causes, as well as those in the business and entertainment worlds. There were no men included on 2012’s top 10 list from the world of business. Last year, that group included Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates.
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