Michelle Obama's 2019's ‘Most Admired Woman’ – Barack Obama, Donald Trump Tie for ‘Most Admired Man’

Monica Sanchez | December 30, 2019
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama is 2019’s “Most Admired Woman,” according to a new Gallup poll.

Mrs. Obama was the only woman who had double digits with 10%, followed by First Lady Melania Trump with 5% and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, and teen climate activist Greta Thunberg all tied with 3%.

This is the second year in a row that Mrs. Obama received the title, though her popularity is down from 2018c.

“The 10% naming Obama this year is down from 15% last year. The 2018 poll was conducted shortly after she released her bestselling autobiography,” Gallup reports. “Current first lady Melania Trump finished second this year, mentioned by 5%, with former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Clinton and teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg named by 3% of U.S. adults each. The remainder of the top 10 for women includes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.”

The poll – which is conducted every year by Gallup and poses to Americans the open-ended question, “What man [and woman] … do you admire most?” – also found former President Obama and President Trump tied for first place with 18% each.

“Barack Obama and Donald Trump are tied this year as the most admired man. It is Obama's 12th time in the top spot versus the first for Trump,” writes Gallup.

The results were largely divided along party lines:

Americans' choice for most admired man this year is sharply divided along party lines: 41% of Democrats name Obama, while 45% of Republicans choose Trump. Relatively few Democrats choose Trump and relatively few Republicans pick Obama, while independents' choices are divided about equally between the two men.

The poll was conducted Dec. 2-15 and was released just two days ahead of New Year’s Day.

(Cover Photo: Flickr / Gage Skidmore)