Global Survey: Donald Trump More Admired Than Pope Francis Staff | August 6, 2019 | 10:56am EDT
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First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace, the Vatican, May 24, 2017. (Getty Images/Vatican Pool)

A survey of more than 42,000 people in 41 different countries conducted by revealed that President Donald Trump is more admired than Pope Francis.

However, Trump is not as admired as Bill Gates—who proved to be the most admired man in the world—or former President Barack Obama who was the second most admired man in the world.

In fact, Trump ranked fourteenth and Pope Francis ranked fifteenth.

According to the survey, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who ranked fourth, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ranked tenth, were also more admired than Trump and Pope Francis.

The same survey showed the Michelle Obama was the most admired woman in the world. She was followed by Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Queen Elizabeth II.

Here is the list of the 20 most admired men and their “percent share of admiration”:

1-Bill Gates 9.6

2-Barack Obama 9.2

3-Jackie Chan 5.7

4-Xi Jinping 5.1

5-Jack Ma 4.9

6-Narendra Modi 4.8

7-Christiano Ronaldo 4.3

8-Dalai Lama 4.2

9-Lionel Messi 3.8

10-Vladimir Putin 3.7

11-Warren Buffet 3.3

12-Amitabh Bachchan 2.9

13-Elon Musk 2.9

14-Donald Trump 2.6

15-Pope Francis 2.4

16-ShahrukhKhan 2.2

17-Imran Khan 1.9

18-Salman Khan 1.7

19-Recep Erdogan 1.5

20-Andy Lau 1.5

Here is the list of the 20 most admired women:

1-Michelle Obama 8.8

2-Oprah Winfrey 6.9

3-Angelina Jolie 6.8

4-Queen Elizabeth II 5.9

5-Emma Watson 4.0

6-Malala Yousafzai 3.9

7-Peny Liyuan 3.9

8-Hillary Clinton 3.6

9-Tu Youyou 3.5

10-Taylor Swift 3.3

11-Madonna 3.0

12-Angela Merkel 2.8

13-Deepika Padukone 2.8

14-Priyanka Chopra 2.8

15-Ellen DeGeneres 2.7

16-Aishwarya Rai 2.7

17-Sushmita Sen 2.2

18-Theresa May 2.0

19-Melania Trump 1.6

20-Yang Mi 1.3 explained the methodology for its “most admired” survey as follows:


“In December YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panelists across 41 countries, asking them simply: ‘Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?’ These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries. An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.

“In January we then used the lists to poll each of the 41 countries asking two questions: ‘who do you truly admire?’, where respondents could make multiple selections, and ‘who do you MOST admire?’, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the graphic above and table below, which shows the full results for every country including local celebrities and public figures.”

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