Gallup's most admired man and woman poll

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Gallup’s most admired man and woman poll is an annual poll that Gallup has conducted at the end of virtually every single year since 1948. Americans are asked, without prompting, to say what man and woman "living today in any part of the world, do [they] admire most?"[1] The result is published as a top ten list. Most years the most admired man is the sitting President of the United States and the most admired woman is or has been the First Lady of the United States.

Trends and top finishers[edit]

Through 2013, sitting U.S. presidents have captured the top spot for men in 57 out of 67 years.[2] Through 2013, evangelist Billy Graham has had 57 appearances in the top 10, the most of anyone,[2] with 8 second place finishes. The second most is Ronald Reagan with 31, and Jimmy Carter with 28 and Pope John Paul II with 27 follow.[2] The sitting pope has finished in the top ten in every year from 1977 on forward.[2]

Among women, the poll has shown Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. First Ladies whose popularity extends beyond their time in the White House.[3] The high mark for top 10 appearances belongs to Queen Elizabeth II with 44 through 2011.[4]

Winners, 1946 to 2013[edit]

What follows are the most admired man and woman of each year.[4] For poll results since 1996, the list below includes the percentage of Americans who named them as the men or women they admire above all others alive in the world. The poll’s margin of error is typically about 3 percent[1] and famous figures scoring within about 3% are statistically tied.

1946: Douglas MacArthur (most admired person)

1947: Douglas MacArthur (most admired person)

1948: Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt

1949: Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt

1950: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1951: Douglas MacArthur and Sr. Elizabeth Kenny

1952: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1953: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1954: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1955: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1956: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1957: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1958: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1959: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1960: Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt

1961: John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt

1962: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy

1963: Lyndon Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy

1964: Lyndon Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy

1965: Lyndon Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy

1966: Lyndon Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy

1967: Dwight Eisenhower and NOT ASKED

1968: Dwight Eisenhower and Ethel Kennedy

1969: Richard Nixon and Mamie Eisenhower

1970: Richard Nixon and Mamie Eisenhower

1971: Richard Nixon and Golda Meir

1972: Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon

1973: Henry Kissinger and Golda Meir

1974: Henry Kissinger and Golda Meir

1975: Henry Kissinger and Betty Ford

1976: NOT ASKED

1977: Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter

1978: Jimmy Carter and Betty Ford

1979: Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter

1980: Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa/Rosalynn Carter

1981: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan

1982: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

1983: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

1984: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

1985: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan

1986: Ronald Reagan and Mother Teresa

1987: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan

1988: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

1989: George H.W. Bush and Margaret Thatcher

1990: George H.W. Bush and Margaret Thatcher

1991: George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

1992: George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

1993: Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton

1994: Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton

1995: Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa


1996[edit]

1997[edit]

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]


Sources: 1997-2003[5] 2004-2006[6] 2007[1] 2008[6] 2009[7] 2010[3] 2010 and 2011[4] 2012[8] 2013[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hillary Edges Out Oprah as Most Admired Woman in ‘07". Gallup.com. 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Obama, Clinton Continue Reign as Most Admired" (Press release). Gallup. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Are 2010's Most Admired". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "Most Admired Man and Woman". Gallup.com. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  5. ^ "George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton Most Admired Again". Gallup.com. 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Obama, Hillary Clinton Share “Most Admired” Billing". Gallup.com. 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman of 2009 - but Sarah Palin's not far behind: poll". Nydailynews.com. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012" (Press release). Gallup. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  • The Gallup Poll 1999. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Inc. 1999. pp. 248–249. 
    • Lists of the most admired people for any given year can be found in the respective volume.

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