Obama, Clinton Top List As Most Admired Man, Woman

By on December 27, 2017

The results are in from the annual Gallup poll measuring admiration, and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are still the most admired people in the world.

It’s the 10th straight year that former President Barack Obama has been voted the most admired man in the world, which means that current President Donald Trump is one of the few presidents who have failed to top the list while in office. Obama beat Trump by three points, with 17 percent of those surveyed saying the admired him the most, followed by Trump at 14 percent.

Only Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have failed to top the list while in office according to Gallup, who has been conducting this poll since 1946.

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presdiential nominee Hillary Clinton was once again most admired woman in the world, finishing two points ahead of former first lady Michelle Obama. It marks the 16th year in a row, and 22nd overall, that Clinton has topped the list. Only one percent of those surveyed polled in favor of current first lady Melania Trump.

This poll is further evidence of Trump’s growing unpopularity in America. It’s extremely uncommon for a sitting president to finish behind his predecessor in the poll. Trump’s approval ratings have hovered near historic lows for much of his first year in office, and this recent survey doesn’t indicate that trend will be changing anytime soon.

Trump may have the luxury of being able to claim that the polls are “fake news” and aren’t indicative of his real popularity, but the GOP Congress that is now inexorably tied to him can’t afford to be so cavalier. If the president’s number continue to circle the drain, Republicans are going to be forced with the choice of either breaking with the president ideologically (not likely) or suffering a bloodbath in the 2018 midterms.