Gallup Poll Names Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Most Admired People Again

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak on the phone with children as they track Santa Claus' movements with the North American Aerospace Defense Command Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve at the president's Mar-a Lago esta

Former president Barack Obama is still America's most admired man, according to Gallup's Most Admired Man and Woman poll published Wednesday.

Obama took 17% of the vote, ahead of Donald Trump on 14%, with Pope Francis coming in third on 3%.

Read their full exchange. It was her 16th consecutive year, and Gallup sounds skeptical that the streak will continue, as "her popularity [is] at a nadir and the percentage naming her as most-admired the lowest in 15 years" at 9%.

In the 71 years Gallup has gathered information, the present president has won the best title 58 times.

Obama has earned the distinction as the most admired man 10 times, coming in second to 12-time victor, former president Dwight Eisenhower. The incumbent president is usually the victor, "since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country", Gallop stated in its news release.

Gallup explains that Trump's unpopularity is likely what's holding him back from winning the most admired distinction. Bernie Sanders, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Dalai Lama and Vice President Mike Pence.

On the women's side, former first lady Michelle Obama just barely trailed behind Hillary Clinton in clinching the second spot with 7 percent.

"She has held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else". Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt received the second highest number of wins with 13 nominations.

The survey was conducted December 4-11 among 1,049 adults and has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points. However, Clinton's support levels have declined over the years, and her 9% rank comes in well underneath her 2016 presidential rival.

The poll found Obama and Clinton have retained their most admired status as they have for the past 10 years, but by much narrower margins compared to past yearly surveys.

Clinton "remains arguably more prominent than other contenders", Jones wrote in a blog post announcing the findings.

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