In a Gallup poll, Americans have named Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the most admired man and woman of 2017.
This is the 10th consecutive year Obama has taken the distinction, and the 16th consecutive for Hillary. The poll was conducted via telephone between Dec. 4 and 11 among a random sample of 1,049 adults over 18 living across the U.S. The poll has a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
People were asked, “What man/woman 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?”
Despite Republicans having a majority in the Senate and in both houses of Congress, the pair of Democrat politicians seem to be the favourites among the public. Both retain their titles in 2017, albeit by much narrower margins than in previous years.
Obama edges out Trump, 17% to 14%, while Clinton edges out Michelle Obama by two points, 9% to 7%.
Clinton has been the “most admired woman” for 16 consecutive years, earning the position 22 times in total. This is more than anyone else since Gallup started doing this particular survey in 1946.
Curiously, about a quarter of Americans cannot name a man or a woman they most admire. 13% of respondents named a close relative of a friend when asked for the most admired woman, and 9% did the same for the most admired man.
Trump becomes the newest addition to the tiny number of incumbent presidents not to win the distinction in a certain year.
During the 71 years Gallup has made the poll, the elected president has won 58 of those times. Along with Trump, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush also failed to snatch the first place while being in office.
Fun fact, all but Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974 had approval ratings well below 50%, like Trump.