Gallup: Billy Graham Among 10 Most Admired Men in World--for 58th Time

Michael W. Chapman | December 30, 2014 | 11:58am EST
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( – Ninety-six-year-old pastor Billy Graham, arguably the most influential Christian preacher of the last 60 years, was ranked No. 4 in Gallup’s Most Admired Man List for 2014, the survey group reported, adding that Billy Graham has been in its top ten list 58 times between 1946 and 2014, the most appearances of any man in the world since Gallup started the survey.

Rev. Billy Graham, who celebrated his 96th birthday on Nov. 7, 2014. (AP)

Former President Ronald Reagan was on the list 31 times, in second place behind Billy Graham for “number of appearances,” followed by Jimmy Carter, 28 appearances, and the Pope John Paul II with 27 appearances in the top ten. Former President Bill Clinton followed JPII with 23 appearances.

As for the latest top ten ranking, Gallup asked the question, “What [woman/man] that you have heard about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?”

For the most admired men in 2014, Gallup reported the following:

1. Barack Obama

2. Pope Francis

3. Bill Clinton

4. Rev. Billy Graham

5. George W. Bush

6. Ben Carson

7. Stephen Hawking

8. Bill Gates

9. Bill O’Reilly

10. Banjamin Netanyahu

11.Vladimir Putin*

(* Putin was tied with Netanyahu.)


For the most admired women in 2014, Gallup reported:

1. Hillary Clinton

2. Oprah Winfrey

3. Malala Yousafzai

4. Condolezza Rice

5. Michelle Obama

6. Angelina Jolie

7. Sarah Palin

8. Princess Kate

9. Elizabeth Warren

10. Laura Bush

For President Obama, Gallup said that he has “appeared on the top ten list each year since 2006” and that “the incumbent president is nearly always the winner of the most admired distinction.”

For Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, U.S. senator, and wife of President Bill Clinton, Glalup said she “has been most admired woman 19 times, easily the most of any woman in Gallup’s history of asking the most admired question, six more times than Eleanor Roosevelt.”

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who were ranked the No. 1 most admired man and woman in 2014 by Gallup. (AP Photo, File)

For the highest number of “appearances” on the top ten list between 1948 and 2014, for the women, Gallup reported that Queen Elizabeth II was no. 1, with 46 appearances; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was No. 2 with 34 appearances; and Jackie Onassis was No. 3, with 28 appearances.

Other admired women with many appearances on the top ten list over the years include Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Mother Theresa and Clare Booth Luce.

As for Pastor Billy Graham’s long-held admiration by Americans, Gallup said that “Graham’s top ten finish this year brings his unprecedented total appearances on the list to 58. He has finished in the top ten every year since 1963 (except 1976, when the question was not asked), as well as from 1955 to 1961. He has never ranked first, but did finish second every year from 1969 through 1974.”

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a conservative, was ranked No. 9 in Gallup's most admired women list for 2014.

Some of the other admired men who made it into the top ten on numerous occasions between 1946 and 2014 include Dwight Eisenhower, 21 appearances; Richard Nixon, 21 appearances; Nelson Mandela, 20 appearances; Winston Churchill, 17 times; Bill Gates, 15 times; and Gen. Douglas MacArthur, 15 times.

For its poll, Gallup conducted telephone interviews (Dec. 8-11, 2014) of 805 adults, age 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

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