Americans rank Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton as most admired: poll

Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:39am EST

1 of 2. U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters as he returns from a daytrip in North Carolina, to the White House in Washington, February 13, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world's most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization said.

But the percentage of those surveyed who choose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent this year, down from 30 percent in 2012.

The president's job approval rating has dropped during a year marked by a botched healthcare rollout and stalled legislative initiatives at the start of his second term.

Clinton earned the top spot among most admired women for the 12th consecutive year and 18th time overall, more than any other woman in the poll's history.

Fifteen percent of Americans surveyed gave the former first lady and U.S. senator the highest ranking, down from 21 percent who named her as the most admired woman last year, the poll showed.

Gallup said its data came from a poll of 1,031 adults between December 5 and 8, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Other men named to the list included former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; Pope Francis and the Reverend Billy Graham; actor and director Clint Eastwood; Microsoft Corp co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

The women who finished behind Hillary Clinton included talk show host Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Angelina Jolie.

Also on the list were Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for girls; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Ian Simpson and Vicki Allen)

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Comments (36)
gcf1965 wrote:
Goes to show how dumb, shallow, and gullable our society has become. The acceptance speech should include thanks to Hollywood/pop culture trash, the bought and paid for media, and our outstanding world class educational system, failing the nation one child at a time. Well, by world class, I mean underclass….oh, I know, more money, yeah, that’ll fix it of course, the answer is always more money. Nuts to that whole involved and concerned parenting thing and that classroom discipline and respect thing, more money, more money…..blah, blah, blah…..

Dec 30, 2013 10:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
zerses wrote:
Poll? Who did you poll? Only Democrats?
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This is junk – just crappy junk. Junk and lies.

Dec 30, 2013 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
zerses wrote:
Poll? Who did you poll? Only Democrats?
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This is junk – just crappy junk. Junk and lies.

Dec 30, 2013 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
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