Poll: Clinton, Obama, most admired
December 30th, 2013
09:33 AM ET
12 months ago

Poll: Clinton, Obama, most admired

(CNN) - Talk about a streak.

Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman among Americans for the 12th-straight year, according to a national poll released Monday by Gallup.

And for the sixth straight year, the survey indicates President Barack Obama ranks as the most admired man.


Each year in an open-ended format, Gallup asks Americans to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most.

Clinton, the former Secretary of State, Senator from New York, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, and former first lady, has topped the Gallup survey 18 times, the most in its history.

She captured 15% support this year, down from 21% last year.

Oprah Winfrey was second at 6%, followed by first lady Michelle Obama and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, each at 5%.

Obama has topped the list as the most admired man each year since his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

But as his approval ratings as President have dropped this year, so has his rating in the Gallup survey. He received 16% support this year, down from 30% in 2012.

Former President George W. Bush and Pope Francis were tied for second place, each at 4%. Former President Bill Clinton and the Rev. Billy Graham were each at 2%.

"Graham has appeared in the top 10 list far more often than any other man, making his 57th appearance this year. He has never finished first, a spot typically taken by the sitting President," Gallup said in a statement.

The Gallup poll was conducted December 5-8, with 1,031 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2013 • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. TONE

    Mr President continue to be who you are, someone who cares I wish you, and you family God's richest blessing, and protection.

    December 30, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Thomas

    just asking , Donna , truth hurts but reality bites

    Do you guys work for the same person , or are you the same person ?

    December 30, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. TONE

    I am reading some of these rightwing comments here, and i said to myself no wonder they cannot be the most admired people, mean spirited,and selfish you bet right wingers will top that.

    December 30, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Steve
    She has been a completly ineffectual and incompetant leader. Middle East on her watch went to hell. An Ambassador on her watch was killed. And her only explaination? "What difference does it make" wow
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    She restored our tarnished image abroad. Diplomatic resolutions are bearing fruit due to her work. Answer this for me: How many U.S. embassies and consulates were attacked under Bush? How many people died in those attacks? Yet you don't hear the CNN or the rest of the MSM mention that!

    December 30, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Philmatic – what is it you don't understand about the word microcosm?

    December 30, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. francescolesselma

    Thank u for reporting the results of your poll. I looking forward to working to elect her Mrs. President.

    December 30, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @Philmatic85
    I don't remember taking this poll. I asked a few of my associates, and they don't recall taking this poll either. Curious...
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    Hey I wasn't called either. And if I had no idea that 300 million population is WAY more than 1000 people polled and had no grasp of the most elementary mathematics, I would be pretty upset too. That's not "Curious" – that is ignorant.

    December 30, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. O'drama ya Mama

    Donna

    So the "Liar of the Year" garners the most votes for most admired. Of course, all the people that will benefitting from all those lies voted FOR Obama. But even so, Obama's percentage has taken a huge hit because of those lies. Democrats can expect the same sort of damage in November 2014. Most of the American people HATE liars, and do not admire them.
    December 30, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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    That must hurt huh Donna? The fact that the "liar of the year" is still more admired then any Republican bothers you doesnt it? How about the fact that while Obama's poll numbers have gone down Republicans still have not gone up a single point? Even though some Americans are disappointed in Obama they are even more fed up with Republicans.

    December 30, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Hector Slagg

    Aw, so,
    Most likely these are the only names many people know. No problem. It is only a Poll. From time to time, the News Media runs Polls and then reports it as News. The basic problem with Obama is he ran for President, after he said he wouldn't and then refuses to do the job. People deserve what they vote for. Now it appears Obama is in the running for the worst president of all time. Just when you don't think things can get worse, they do. Your choice.

    December 30, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. bassman

    So Mrs. Palin is tied with Mrs. Obama. That is not reflected in the way our news media covers this two strong women. One is mocked. Ridiculed. The other can do no wrong. I will let you decide which is which.

    December 30, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    @Philmatic85: "I don't remember taking this poll. I asked a few of my associates, and they don't recall taking this poll either. Curious..."

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    Yeah, and I don't remember taking any polls in which the results don't fit my ideology, but I don't make a fool of myself by whining about it either. Oh well whatever it takes the Philmatic85s of the world to get through their miserable existences.

    December 30, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Norm

    Completely fabricated by liberal media. They are the most hated two in America. Don't even begin to understand how media calls them admired.

    December 30, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Marcus (from...?)

    BeenThereDoneThat – Who knows? Maybe in his usual twisted logic he DOES believe that if a woman is cheated by her husvand nearly 20 years ago she doesn't deserves respect today...
    Says a lot... about him.

    December 30, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. tom l

    I love those on the left touting this poll as if it matters. Just a few points of reference:
    – Sarah Palin is in the top 5
    – George Bush was the most admired man from 2001-2007

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    Yet they sure matter to you when they fit YOUR narrative. Hypocritical much?

    ====

    Huh? And what narrative would that be? I have pointed out that this poll is useless because it's the president that always wins. Even a president named George W. Bush wins. And the fact that Palin is in the top 5 shows again how useless this poll is. I'm not the one touting the poll like you are and think that this proves how much everyone loves Obama. It actually kinda shows the opposite since his support has been cut in half. But go ahead and keep living in your echo chamber with the rest of your gang. It's awesome.

    December 30, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. BAROWNER

    Who did they poll, CNN?

    December 30, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "Huh? And what narrative would that be? I have pointed out that this poll is useless because it's the president that always wins. Even a president named George W. Bush wins. And the fact that Palin is in the top 5 shows again how useless this poll is. I'm not the one touting the poll like you are and think that this proves how much everyone loves Obama. ..."
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    If the President always wins, then it just goes to show how much most Americans love America.

    December 30, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. barryinlasvegas

    This poll doesn't jive with recent polls showing his approval rating at 39% – and Hillary beat Michelle? I don't think so. Gallup getting ready to push her into the White House.

    December 30, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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