Millions of Americans wish for the same thing every week – that we could get President Barack Obama back in the White House. Although he was not perfect, he was an intelligent, charismatic, and likable man who did a darn good job as president, despite the opposing party’s monopoly of Congress. But Americans seem to love Barack Obama more than you might suspect. For the tenth year in a row, Obama is the most admired man in the United States, a Gallup poll reports that were released Wednesday.
The poll indicated that a shocking seventeen percent of respondents identified that Obama was the man they most admired. And while these seventeen percent saw reason, fourteen percent claimed that President Trump was the man they most respected. Trump was in second place. Once again, Obama beat him.
Out of the most admired women in America, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came in first place with nine percent of the votes. And in second place? Former First Lady Michelle Obama earned seven percent of the votes for the most admired woman in America.
Considering that nearly twenty-five percent of people who took the Gallup survey did not answer the question, the Obamas and Clinton did very well.
While Obama has held the title as the most admired man in America for ten years in a row, Hillary Clinton is doing even better than that.
Gallup News indicated that the result of this year’s poll “marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman.”
While you would think that sixteen years in a row is a lot, Hillary Clinton has won it, even more, times than that. She’s been voted the most admired woman in the United States 22 times in total. That’s impressive.
Only one man has earned the title as the most admired man more than former President Barack Obama. And that man is former President Dwight Eisenhower. He was named the most admired man twelve times in total.
Gallup started asking Americans for them to identify their most admired man back in 1946. They’ve conducted the poll 71 times. The only year they did not have it was in 1976.
Out of the 71 times, the incumbent president has won the title of the most admired man in America 58 times.
The only times this was not the case was in 1946-47 and 1950-52 when Harry Truman was president, 1967-68 when Lyndon Johnson was president, 1973 when Richard Nixon was president, 1974-75 when Gerald Ford was president, 1980 when Jimmy Carter was president and in 2008 when George W. Bush was president. Now Donald Trump can be added to the list because he lost to former President Obama.
Gallup thinks that Trump’s abysmal approval ratings have a lot to do with his losing to Obama.
“All but Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974 had job approval ratings well below 50%, like Trump,” Gallup notes.
Gallup conducted the poll through telephone interviews between December 4 and 11. They randomly sampled 1,049 people who are 18 and older. They called people living in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.