Who Do Americans Admire Most?


A new Gallup poll sheds some light on who American’s hold in the highest respect. The poll asked 1,031 individuals across all fifty states to name the living man and woman that they admire most — so don’t be surprised by the absence of Nelson Mandela. The top man and woman should make the Democrats smile, with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton grabbing the top position with 16 percent and 15 percent mentioning each name, respectively.

Others on the most admired man list were somewhat less left-winged. George W. Bush came in second, Pope Francis in third, and Bill Clinton, Rev. Billy Graham, and Bill Gates followed. Ron Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mitt Romney all made the list, with 1 percent mentioning their names. The poll being open ended, Clint Eastwood also get thrown in there in the top ten mentioned men.

As for the most admired women, Oprah Winfrey slid into second place with 6 percent mentioning her, and Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, Malala Yousafzai, and Condoleezza Rice followed. Yousafzai was not the only foreign women mentioned, Angela Merkel, Duchess Kate, and Queen Elizabeth II all made the list as well. Not to be denied a second Hollywood woman, Angelina Jolie was also among the top ten, voted in just behind Angela Merkel.