Gallup: Trump, Obama Tie as Most Admired Man in 2019

By Michael W. Chapman | December 30, 2019 | 4:24pm EST
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( -- President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama tied as the most admired man in 2019, according to Gallup, which conducts the "most admired" survey each year.

In the Dec. 2-15 poll, Gallup asked, "What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?"

In the responses, 18% of U.S. adults said Donald Trump and 18% said Barack Obama. 


"Americans' choice for most admired man this year is sharply divided along party lines: 41% of Democrats name Obama, while 45% of Republicans choose Trump," reported Gallup. "Relatively few Democrats choose Trump and relatively few Republicans pick Obama, while independents' choices are divided about equally between the two men."

"Trump is more popular now than he was in the past two years, with a 45% job approval rating, among his best as president," said the survey firm. "Coincident with the rise in his job approval rating, the 18% of Americans currently naming Trump as the most admired man is also up, from 13% in 2018 and 14% in 2017."

"Increased mentions of Trump as the most admired man have come almost exclusively among his fellow Republicans -- 32% of Republicans named Trump in 2018 and 35% did so in 2017," said Gallup. 

"Obama's 18% mentions among U.S. adults as the most admired man are in line with his 2018 (19%) and 2017 (17%) figures, all of which are high for a former president," reported Gallup.  "Dwight Eisenhower [a Republican] is the only other former president who received double-digit mentions at any point after leaving office."

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Among women, former first lady Michelle Obama was ranked the most admired in 2019,earning 10%. First lady Melania Trump came in second place with 5%.  Both women beat out such well known figures as Oprah Winfrey and climate activist Greta Thunberg. 

For the men and women over the decades who have finished most often in the Top Ten spots for "most admired," Gallup noted Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan. (See list below.) 



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