Poll: Clinton, Obama, most admired
December 30th, 2013
09:33 AM ET
7 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. just saying

    great.... a totally incompetent liar of the year and a person whose gross negligence resulted in the death of four americans top the poll of most admired. and we wonder why this country is so screwed up.

    December 30, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People
    Happy New Year to all of my blog buddies, I do miss you guys, but I don't miss the hateful comments coming from the nuFox......
    -------------------------------------------------
    Hey sweetie, Happy New Year to you as well!
    You are missed but I certainly understand taking a break from the hate.
    All the best to you in the New Year and always.
    Indeed Happy New Year to everyone.

    December 30, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. 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

    December 30, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @BeenThereDoneThat
    @Smitty: What does being cheated on have to do with Hillary??!! BILL cheated, NOT Hillary! Don't blame the victim.
    ----
    This says a LOT about how many conservatives view women. It is women's fault especially Ms.Clinton since she is a powerful woman. Women voters take note! And as a bonus the radical right wants to tell you what to do with body.

    December 30, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    Automatically the sitting President makes the top of this so called Poll. But we all know that this President does not have the same qualities that former Presidents had to LEAD and GOVERN. Distortions, spin got him re-elected by taxpaying American who are hurt the most by his policies and executive order regulations.

    December 30, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Tony

    Yes, it is true that Obama is the most admired. What are the alternatives? Republicans? Congressional Republicans have lower approval rating than Obamacare.

    December 30, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    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

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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

    December 30, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Lionel: "I wish more white Americans would be supportive of this man..."
    -------------------------------------------------
    As quiet as it is kept THIS President has garnered unprecedented support across the color spectrum, and economic and social classes. Moreso, I would venture to say, than ANY other President in history.
    He is uniting us Lionel not in color but in our hearts, in principle, in the way that we choose to treat "the least amongst us', and each other.
    He is inspiring in the way he has conducted himself in the midst of unprecedented opposition by a political party and it's wealthy benefactors and in what he has been able to accomplish with OUR (Read: Ordinary American citizens') support.
    We're ALL in this together Lionel. We ALL have invested and chosen wisely in electing and re-electing this President.
    It is just that the cray-crays are so loud...but so few.

    December 30, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. ora pike

    liar is most ad–mired???? must be the 47% who are dependent uoon obama/government.

    Be a liar,
    and be most admired?

    December 30, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's a good picture of Hillary.
    Good hair length for her face, very flattering.

    December 30, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Todd P

    You people make me laugh with your fake poles with those fake numbers you throw in there.
    If you actually want to know the real numbers, its more like 16 to 25% approval rate.
    The tyrant / world terrorist has the worst approval rating in US history with these numbers falling every month. Clinton and other corrupt government officials to have the lowest ratings as well.
    The people that have the highest ratings are people like Ron Paul and others who value our freedoms and way of like and are not trying to destroy it.
    Quit lying to the people with your fake numbers and for once put out the truth.

    December 30, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    I like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!!!! Please keep involved in political process.

    December 30, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. anonymous

    Silence DoGood
    This says a LOT about how many conservatives view women. It is women's fault especially Ms.Clinton since she is a powerful woman. Women voters take note! And as a bonus the radical right wants to tell you what to do with body.
    -–

    A TRULY powerful woman would have tossed the cheater to the curb long ago. She was cheated on several times and she chooses to look the other way and so becomes a willing and enabling victim. Everybody knows she stays with Slick Willy just for the power trip. THAT kind of person is the LAST person you want in the White House.

    December 30, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    @just saying–now telling, get some education. Know you are in 21st century–none, practically none cares about the color. Just know this truth.

    December 30, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. 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.

    December 30, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. the_dude

    Great they took a poll at DNC headquarters

    December 30, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Pi

    There is no way this can be true. How?!? :D

    December 30, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. 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...

    December 30, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Steve

    5% of Americans admiring Sarah Palin? That's about 5% too many. Nothing she says is intelligent or thought out. At least Bush, despite his shortcomings, demonstrated intelligence and common sense.

    December 30, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Happy New Year Gurgyl!

    December 30, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Aiquoy

    "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."

    Read that statement. Read it again. No, I didn't say quickly scan it. Read every word out loud verbally, regardless of how silly you may seem. Know why, because the fact you're not letting it sink in makes you look like even more of a fool than speaking those words in front of masses.
    Our governing powers determine everything from straw polls, approval ratings and options for electing someone into office to how they will spend your tax dollars. Ever complain about road construction you felt was unnecessary? Shut it, if you would have answered that phone survey, you'd have your say in the matter. You decided you didn't have time to answer a few questions, so you waived your right for any input. Out of the many thousands they'll call, only a handful cooperate. Only that handful gives the information that determines where that money goes. You, yes you, are allowing decisions about millions of dollars to be made by less people that will go through your McDonald's drive-thru today. Only 1,031 adults cooperated with the survey for this, and look what they decided, think that depicts the real demographics. Stop whining and pouting like a baby when you get a non-solicting call in regards to such surveys, that's the ONLY way the politicians will accept hearing your opinions.

    December 30, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @anonymous
    Silence DoGood
    This says a LOT about how many conservatives view women. It is women's fault especially Ms.Clinton since she is a powerful woman. Women voters take note! And as a bonus the radical right wants to tell you what to do with body.
    -–

    A TRULY powerful woman would have tossed the cheater to the curb long ago. She was cheated on several times and she chooses to look the other way and so becomes a willing and enabling victim. Everybody knows she stays with Slick Willy just for the power trip. THAT kind of person is the LAST person you want in the White House.
    ----------
    Actually I don't care how they worked out their private life. Let's stick to politics – why do conservatives love to dig into people's private lives? I want a person who pushed for inclusive health care, has always promoted women's issues around the globe and would be perfect to keep this country Progressive and Liberal. And will not tell women what to do with their bodies and what medical procedure they must get.

    December 30, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @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.

    ====

    I thought so .

    December 30, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @just saying: "great.... a totally incompetent liar of the year and a person whose gross negligence resulted in the death of four americans top the poll of most admired. and we wonder why this country is so screwed up."

    If you're looking for gross negligence regarding Benghazi, look no further than the House repubs who voted to cut nearly $300 million from the U.S. embassy security budget. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) put it this way October 10, 2012 in answer to Soledad O'Brien:

    O’BRIEN: Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?

    CHAFFETZ: Absolutely. Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have — think about this — 15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, private army there for President Obama in Baghdad.
    And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces? When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices how to prioritize this.

    December 30, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @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..."

    Um, they don't poll everyone in the country ... it's called statistical sampling ... sheesh!

    December 30, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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