One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2020 11:23 AM CST
2 of These 4 Are America's Most Admired Man, Woman
In a Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at the White House.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere on Earth. Although 2019's poll saw a tie between Trump and Obama, who took home the top honor for 12 years straight, this year was Trump's year: He was mentioned as the most admired male pick among 18% of the respondents, while Obama had 15%. President-elect Joe Biden was a distant third, with 6%. Meanwhile, on the women's side, former first lady Michelle Obama was the most admired, with a 10% showing. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris came in second, with 6%, and first lady Melania Trump ranked third, with 4%. Check out who else made the lists:

  1. Donald Trump: 18%
  2. Barack Obama: 15%
  3. Joe Biden: 6%
  4. Dr. Anthony Fauci: 3%
  5. Pope Francis: 2%
  6. Elon Musk: 1%
  7. Bernie Sanders: 1%
  8. Bill Gates: 1%
  9. LeBron James: 1%
  10. Dalai Lama: 1%
Read on to see who joins Michelle Obama on the list for most admired women.

  1. Michelle Obama: 10%
  2. Kamala Harris: 6%
  3. Melania Trump: 4%
  4. Oprah Winfrey: 3%
  5. Angela Merkel: 2%
  6. Hillary Clinton: 2%
  7. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 2%
  8. Queen Elizabeth II: 2%
  9. Amy Coney Barrett: 1%
  10. Greta Thunberg: 1%
Check out the survey in full to see who's had the most top 10 finishes. (More Most Admired list stories.)

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