Obama beats Trump in America's Most Admired Man poll

Foreign policy wins of 2017
Barack Obama beats Donald Trump as America's 'most admired man' for 10th year running
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28 December, 2017

Former President Obama may be out of sight, but he isn't out of mind with respondents of Gallup's annual "Most Admired Man" poll.

Trump came in second to Barack Obama, with the former president notching 17 percent of the vote to Trump's 14 percent.

Read their full exchange. Obama landed the honor for the 10th time while Clinton has held on to the spot for 16 consecutive years, although the margin for winning was lower for both politicians than it has been in prior years, according to Gallup.

Following Michelle Obama in the top 10 for women were Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth, Condoleeza Rice, Melania Trump, Nikki Haley, Kate Middleton, and Beyonce.

Gallup's poll of 1,049 United States adults was taken from December 4-11, 2017, with a margin of error of ±4% points.

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"Gallup has asked the most admired man question 71 times since 1946 - all but in 1976", the organization said.

Situational awareness: "President Trump's legal team plans to cast former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn as a liar seeking to protect himself if he accuses the president or his senior aides of any wrongdoing", three people familiar tell WashPost's Carol Leonnig. Obama is only the second former president to finish first in the list-along with Eisenhower in 1967 and 1968, while Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson was finishing up his time in office.

Obama retained his top title for the 10th straight year, Gallup said. Pope Francis came in third with 3 percent and Rev. Billy Graham, Sen. That means she has won the title more than any other woman, with Eleanor Roosevelt coming in second with 13 wins. A Gallup poll released earlier this month showed the share of U.S. adults holding a favorable opinion of Clinton had dropped to 36%, a new low.

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


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