US President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton named most admired people in the world

President Obama and Hillary Clinton Most Influential People of the Year
President Obama and Hillary Clinton Most Influential People of the Year


A new poll has revealed the people most admired by Americans.

U.S. President Barack Obama tops the list of most admired men for the seventh straight year and Hillary Clinton retains her title as top woman for the 13th year in a row, Gallup found.

Obama has topped the list every single year since winning the 2008 presidential election in a landslide.

The former first lady has been queen of the hill for 17 of the last 18 years, with the only exception being 2001. First lady Laura Bush dethroned Clinton in the months after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Pope Francis, former president Bill Clinton, the Reverend Billy Graham and former president George W. Bush rounded out the top five.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and first lady Michelle Obama came in just after Clinton.

Graham has finished among the top 10 most admired people in the U.S. an unprecedented 58 times, according to Gallup. His next closest competitors, among men, include former presidents Ronald Reagan (31 appearances) and Jimmy Carter (28).

Among women, Britons lead the way -- Queen Elizabeth II has made a staggering 46 appearances in the top 10 and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has appeared 34 times.

Hillary Clinton, who also served as Secretary of State under Obama, ranks fifth all-time with 23 appearances on the Gallup poll.

One percent of respondents to the open-ended survey chose Russian strongman Vladimir Putin as their most admired man.

Anecdotal data was not provided, but perhaps there were a few who appreciated his brazen attempts to woo the wife of China's president during a fireworks display earlier this year.

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