Poll: President Obama, Hillary Clinton remain most admired

McClatchy Washington BureauDecember 30, 2013 


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


President Obama may have had the toughest year of his presidency and Hillary Clinton isn't in public office any more -- but they both ranked as "most admired" among a poll of Americans.

The Gallup poll found that for the sixth consecutive year, Obama ranked as the "most admired man" among Americans, and the former Secretary of State was again the "most admired woman."

They both won by comfortable margins, Gallup said. Sixteen percent of those surveyed named Obama, compared with 4 percent each for former President George W. Bush and Pope Francis.

Obama has won the most admired designation each year since he was elected in 2008. But Gallup noted that like his declining job approval ratings this year, the percentage of Americans naming him as most admired, fell to 16 percent from 30 percent in 2012.

Clinton at 15 percent finished ahead of television personality Oprah Winfrey at 6 percent and first lady Michelle Obama at 5 percent, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 5 percent.

Still, that number is down from 21 percent who named Clinton last year and marks the lowest figure for her since 2006. Clinton has been named most admired 18 times, "more than any other woman in Gallup's history," the polling group says. She first won the distinction in 1993, when she was first lady.

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