Don’t let the health care rollout or the reported drops in approval ratings fool you. According to a newly released Gallup poll, President Obama is still the most admired man in America. The six-time consecutive winner in that category was joined by his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who was the most admired woman.
Obama beat out such heavyweights as Pope Francis, former President George W. Bush, the Rev. Billy Graham and Bill Gates. Clinton destroyed her competition, trouncing the likes of household names such as Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin, Angelina Jolie and even the current first lady, Michelle Obama.
Each year, Gallup asks Americans to name the living man and woman they most admire. Although Obama’s percentage dropped to 16 percent in 2013, it was still a strong showing considering his closest competitors: Bush and Pope Francis earned a measly 4 percent each. In 2012 Obama drew a whopping 30 percent of the votes.
Clinton has earned the designation of most admired woman for the 18th time, more than any other woman in Gallup’s history. The 15 percent she earned in 2013 is down from 21 percent last year, but she cruised to victory, with Winfrey tallying only 6 percenet of the votes. Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin scored 5 percent each.
Read more at Gallup.