Obama Ties Current POTUS As 'Most Admired Man' In 2019

Two Presidents -- the current one and former President Barack Obama -- tied as the "most admired man" of 2019, according to an annual poll released today by Gallup.

Not surprisingly, there partisan cross-tabs beneath their averages.

It was also the 12th time President Obama ranked in the top spot, and the first for the current President, albeit in a tie.

Historically, the current President normally ties as the most admired man in America in (58 of 72 prior) Gallup polls.

"When the incumbent President is not the choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically, which was the case for Trump in 2017 (36% approval rating) and 2018 (40%)," Gallup noted in its analysis.



No other man garnered more than 2% of respondents in 2019, but the rest of the top 10 included: former President Jimmy Carter, businessman Elon Musk, philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the Dalai Lama, and investor Warren Buffett.

Eleven percent of Americans named a relative or friend as the man they admire most; 18% named some other living man; and 25% did not name anyone.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was the most admired woman of 2019 and the only one to score in the double digits among respondents.

She is the sixth former First Lady to win, along with Eleanor Roosevelt (1948-1950 and 1952-1961), Jacqueline Kennedy (1963-1966), Mamie Eisenhower (1969-1970), Betty Ford (1978) and Hillary Clinton (2002-2017).

Current First Lady Melania Trump finished second this year, mentioned by 5%, with former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Clinton and teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg named by 3% of U.S. adults each. The remainder of the top 10 for women includes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Queen Elizabeth finished in the top 10 for the 51st time, more than any other woman. Winfrey (32 times) and Clinton (28) have also made regular appearances in the top 10. The Rev. Billy Graham has the most top 10 finishes for either gender: a total of 61 between 1955 and 2017 before his death last year.

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