Gallup: Hillary Clinton Is America’s Most-Admired Woman for Record 20th Time

By Staff | December 28, 2015 | 10:51am EST
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the woman whom the largest percentage of Americans admired most in 2015, according to a Gallup poll. That marks a record 20 years that she has garnered that honor, including the last 14 years in a row.

Americans named President Barack Obama their most admired man. This is the eighth time that Obama has taken that honor.

In the history of Gallup’s most-admired surveys, no one has appeared in the Top Ten more often than the Rev. Billy Graham, who has enjoyed that distinction 59 times.

Queen Elizabeth II has been in the Top Ten more than any woman and more than any person than Graham, having appeared 47 times. Margaret Thatcher ranks third for appearances in the Top Ten with 34 and Ronald Reagan ranks fourth with 31.

“Graham has been among the top 10 most admired men every year since 1955 except for 1962, in addition to 1976 when Gallup did not ask the question,” said Gallup in its analysis of the survey. “Despite that impressive record, he has never placed first, but ranked second from 1969 through 1974 and again in 1997 and 1999. Graham is now 97 and generally out of the public eye, but still this year made the cutoff for the top 10.”

From Dec. 2-6, Gallup asked 824 people 18 years and older residing in the United States this question: “What [woman/man] that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?”

Hillary Clinton was mentioned as the most-admired woman by 13 percent of respondents. Pakistani human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafazi finished second among women, with 5 percent citing her as the most admired. Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama both had 5 percent listing them as their most admired, and Carly Fiorina was next with 2 percent.

President Obama was cited as the most-admired man by 17 percent of respondents.

Pope Francis and Donald Trump were next after Obama--each with 5 percent citing them as the most-admired. Sen. Bernie Sanders followed the pope and Trump with 3 percent. Bill Gates followed Sanders with 2 percent.

“Clinton has been the most admired woman each of the last 14 years, and 20 times overall, occupying the top spot far longer than any other woman or man in Gallup's history of asking the most admired question,” said Gallup in its analysis of the poll.

Dwight Eisenhower holds the record for the most times being named the most-admired man.

“So far, Eisenhower is the only man to win more than eight times,” said Gallup’s analysis. “In addition to the eight years he served as president from 1953 to 1961, the World War II hero was also named most admired the year he was first elected president (1952), and three other years when the incumbent president was generally unpopular (1950, 1967 and 1968).”

“Obama can join Eisenhower as winning most admired more than eight times if he stays relatively popular during his final year in office, having also won in 2008, the year he was elected, when incumbent President George W. Bush was unpopular,” said Gallup.

Hillary Clinton is now tied with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for appearing in the Top Ten of Gallup’s most-admired list 24 times

Neither of the Clintons, however, can match Billy Graham’s 59 times in the Top Ten for most-admired. Queen Elizabeth II ranks next after Graham with 47 appearances in the Top Ten. After that comes Margaret Thatcher with 34 and then Ronald Reagan with 31.

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy and Saint Mother Theresa tied with 18 appearances in the Top Ten list of men and women, respectively, that Americans most-admired.

For Gallup's complete analysis of its most-admired man and woman survey click here.

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