President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both extended their winning streaks as the man and woman most admired by Americans. The women's list is more diverse than the men's.
For Mr. Obama, who was mentioned by 30 percent of those interviewed, it is his fifth year in a row topping the list. For Secretary Clinton, with 21 percent, it’s her 11th straight year on top and 17th overall, adding to her lead as the woman with the most top finishes. The question is open-ended, and the man and woman named must be alive.
Since Gallup started asking the “most admired woman” question in 1948, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt is second overall to Clinton, with 13 top finishes. On the men’s list, which started in 1946, former General and President Dwight Eisenhower has the most top finishes, with 12. Former President Ronald Reagan and former President Bill Clinton are tied for second with eight, and former President George W. Bush is third with seven.
“Obama's position as the Most Admired Man is not unusual,” writes Frank Newport, Gallup editor in chief. “Sitting presidents, with their extremely high visibility and essentially continuous presence in ongoing news coverage, have won the Most Admired Man honor 56 times out of the 66 years in which Gallup has asked the question – including each of the past 32 years in a row.”