Yet the former first lady and senator from New York has earned mostly favorable reviews as America’s top diplomat. Secretary Clinton’s wonky detail-oriented style proved a good fit for the grinding top State Department job. When she steps down in January she will be the most traveled secretary of state in US history, according to the Associated Press, having visited 112 countries in the course of her diplomatic duties.
“Hillary Clinton’s first-place finish this year further solidifies her position as the most often named Most Admired Woman in Gallup’s history,” writes Gallup editor Frank Newport.
According to Pew Research, Clinton has enjoyed consistently high public ratings throughout her term at Foggy Bottom. On Dec. 12 she was very close to an all-time high Pew rating, with 65 percent of the survey respondents saying they held a favorable view of her.