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Gallup: Trump, Obama tie for 2019’s ‘Most Admired’ men

President Donald Trump and the man he succeeded, President Barack Obama, are tied this year as the nation’s most admired men according to a new Gallup Poll.

The Dec. 2-15 results put President Trump at the top spot for the first time, while it is President Obama’s 12th time being at the time.




Meanwhile, former first lady Michelle Obama was selected as the most admired woman for the second year in a row.

There was a sharp partisan divide in terms of choices. Forty-one percent of Democrats named Obama with 45 percent of Republicans selecting President Trump. Gallup noted that among Independents, the choice was about evenly divided between the two presidents.

Overall, both Trump and Obama received 18 percent each.

No other men were mentioned as being most admired by more than 2 percent of respondents, Gallup reported.



Others rounding out the top 10 for men were:

  • Former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Tesla founder Elon Musk.
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
  • Pope Francis.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
  • The Dalai Lama.
  • Investor Warren Buffett.

Aside from Obama and Trump, most Americans, at 11 percent, named a relative or friend as the man they admired most; 18 percent named some other living man, while 25 percent did not name anyone.

Michelle Obama’s support at 10 percent was down from 15 percent last year. Current First Lady Melania Trump received 5 percent, with Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and climate change activist Greta Thunberg named by 3 percent.

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