Michelle Obama is America’s ‘Most Admired Woman’ – knocking Hillary Clinton off the perch she held for 17 years.Clinton sank down to Number 3 on Gallup’s list of ‘Most Admired Man and Woman, 2018,’ after Oprah Winfrey, tying with current first lady Melania Trump. Obama, who is in the midst of book tour for her memoir ‘Becoming,’ won big time. She came in first with 15 percent – a whopping 10 points ahead of Winfrey at number two.
Clinton and Trump both garnered 4 percent. After a long career in the public eye as first lady, senator, secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Clinton has stepped back from the spotlight.
Obama, meanwhile, has seen her book sky rocket up the best seller list. It was the best-selling book of 2018. The former first lady also has been on a nationwide book tour in theaters and concert venues in addition to making multiple media appearances to tout her memoir.
Clinton had a long run atop the list. She finished first 22 times – more than any other man or woman – according to Gallup, including in 1993 and 1994, 1997 through 2000, and 2002 through 2017.
Queen Elizabeth II of England rounded out the Top Five. The queen placed in the top 10 for a record 50th time.On the male side, former President Barack Obama is the ‘Most Admired Man’ for the 11th year in a row. President Donald Trump came in at number two for the fourth year in a row.
Obama topped his successor by 6 points, coming in with 19 percent to Trump’s 13 percent. George W. Bush, Pope Francis, and businessman Bill Gates rounded out the top five. Former President Bill Clinton came in a distant seventh – after Sen. Bernie Sanders who took the number six slot.
Bill Clinton, Gates and Sanders all garnered a scant one percent.Gallup asks Americans – in an open-ended question – to name the living man and woman they admire the most.The rise of the Obamas indicates they are seen as the head of the Democratic Party after the Clintons ruled for more than 25 years.
In the poll, Democrats, by large margins, named the Obamas the most admired man and woman. Republicans picked the Trumps but independents went with the Obamas, putting them over the top.
President Obama is now just one first-place finish short of tying Dwight Eisenhower for the most times being Most Admired Man. Eisenhower took the nod 12 times. This year marks the 13th times in the 72 years Gallup has polled this subject that the incumbent president did not win.
Usually, the president does not win, Gallup notes, when he has subpar job approval ratings, as is the case with Trump, who has an average approval rating of 39 percent in Gallup’s polling. There are also two notable men missing from the list who typically make the Top Ten: Sen. John McCain and the Rev. Billy Graham, both of whom passed away in the past year.