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Obama voted most admired man; intriguing pair ties for second

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12/28/2015 David Jackson
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Once again, President Obama tops the annual Gallup Poll for most admired man, although this year an intriguing pair is tied for second.

Donald Trump and Pope Francis both finished with 5% of respondents who named them their most admired man, well behind Obama's 17%.

"Trump's surprisingly strong and often controversial presidential campaign has made him a prominent news figure this year and, thus, top-of-mind for many Americans," Gallup reported. "This helps explain his strong showing when Gallup asks Americans, in an open-ended fashion, to name the man they admire most. The successful businessman has finished in the top 10 four other times, including from 1988 through 1990 and in 2011."

Another 2016 presidential candidate — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, a former first lady and secretary of State — topped the list of most admired women for the 14th straight year and 20th time overall.

The men's top 10 most admired features three presidents (Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton), three current presidential candidates (Trump, Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson), and three religious and spiritual leaders (Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama and the Rev. Billy Graham), The 10th male on the list is Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Obama, flanked by lawmakers, educators and students, pats the top of the massive Every Student Succeeds Act after signing it into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington.
President Barack Obama was named by 17 percent of Americans when asked to name the men and women living anywhere in the world whom they admired most, according to a Gallup poll. The Most Admired People of 2015

Also from Gallup:

"The 10 most admired women are an eclectic mix of political figures (Clinton, fellow 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin), human rights leaders (Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar), and television personalities (Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres). Queen Elizabeth of England and Michelle Obama, who hold largely ceremonial positions in the government, also finished among the leading women."

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