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Poll: Obama, Clinton, most admired by Americans


The country’s two most famous Democrats are also its two most admired.

According to a new Gallup poll, President Obama is the most admired man among Americans while Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman.

The title is nothing new for the duo: Clinton was named the most admired for the 12th consecutive year, while Obama earned the top ranking for the sixth year in a row.

Every year, Gallup asks Americans, in an open-ended format, to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world they most admire. Obama won by a comfortable margin with 16% naming him. He beat George W. Bush (4%), Pope Francis (4%), Bill Clinton (2%) and Rev. Billy Graham (2%). One percent of those polled each named Bill Gates, Clint Eastwood, Ron Paul, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney and Jimmy Carter.

While 16% named Obama as most admired man, that percentage dropped substantially from 30% in 2012. The dip coincincides with several surveys showing Obama’s approval rating taking a hit this year

Meanwhile, 15% of Americans named Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state easily beat Oprah Winfrey (6%), Michelle Obama (5%), Sarah Palin (5%), Malala Yousafzai (2%) and Condoleezza Rice (2%). One percent of those polled each named Angela Merkel, Angelina Jolie, Duchess Kate and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Poll: Obama, Clinton, most admired by Americans