Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 30, 2013
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are once again the most admired man and woman in the United States, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday.
This is the sixth consecutive year that the pair have topped the list. It is actually Clinton’s twelfth consecutive year leading the pack, and her eighteenth in total.
Obama dominated in the men’s category, receiving 16 percent of the vote to former President George W. Bush and Pope Francis’ 4 percent. Former President Bill Clinton received 2 points, while former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former President Jimmy Carter each received 1 point.
Clinton also had a compelling lead in the women’s category, besting second-place finisher Oprah Winfrey 15 percent to 6 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and first lady Michelle Obama reach received 5 percent.
Both Clinton and Obama saw their level of support dip over the past year, as 30 percent of respondents picked Obama and 21 percent picked Clinton in 2012.
Gallup, which has conducted this study since 1946, also keeps track of the number of top 10 finishes by past and current honorees. Remaining at the top of the men’s list is the Rev. Billy Graham with 57 top 10 finishes, while Queen Elizabeth II rules the women’s list with 46 top 10 finishes.
Gallup surveyed 1,031 adults from Dec. 5-8, 2013 for the study. The poll was open-ended, meaning the respondents could select whomever they want instead of choosing from a predetermined list of candidates. The study has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.