Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century

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Gallup's List of People that Americans Most Widely Admired in the 20th Century is a poll published in December 1999 by The Gallup Organization to determine who around the world Americans admire most, in the 20th century.[1]

Gallup has constructed a yearly Gallup's most admired man and woman poll list since 1948[2] but this poll cover the most notable figures of the entire century. They combined the results from the previous polls with a new preliminary poll to determine the 18 most admired people.[1] The 1999 final poll produced an ordered list of 18 people, 12 of whom were males and 12 of whom were American citizens; the highest ranked non-American and non-male was (Saint) Mother Teresa, at #1.


Source: [1]

List of winners of the Gallup's Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century poll
Rank Portrait Name Percentage Ref.
1 Photographic portrait of Mother Teresa Mother Teresa
49% [3]
2 Photographic portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr.
34% [4]
3 Photographic portrait of John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy
4 Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein Albert Einstein
5 Photographic portrait of Helen Keller Helen Keller
6 Photographic portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt
26% [5]
7 Photographic portrait of Billy Graham Billy Graham
26% [5]
8 Photographic portrait of Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II
25% [5]
9 Photographic portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt
22% [6]
10 Photographic portrait of Winston Churchill Winston Churchill
20% [7]
11 Photographic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower
18% [7]
12 Photographic portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
13 Photographic portrait of Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi
14 Photographic portrait of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela
15 Photographic portrait of Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan
16 Photographic portrait of Henry Ford Henry Ford
17 Photographic portrait of Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
(b. 1946)
18 Photographic portrait of Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher

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  1. ^ a b Newport, Frank (December 31, 1999). "Mother Teresa Voted by American People as Most Admired Person of the Century". Gallup.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Jones, Jeffrey M. (December 30, 2019). "Obama, Trump Tie as Most Admired Man in 2019". Gallup.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Yang, Shih-ying; Kuo, Ben C. H.; Lin, Song-po (2022). "Wisdom, Cultural Synergy, and Social Change: A Taiwanese Perspective" (PDF). New Ideas in Psychology. 64: 2. ISSN 0732-118X – via ResearchGate.
  4. ^ Terry, Brandon M.; Shelby, Tommie, eds. (2018). To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Harvard University Press. p. 351. ISBN 978-0-674-98075-4. Retrieved March 1, 2022 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b c Kohanik, Eric (August 10, 2007). "Evangelist in the Spotlight". Nanaimo Daily News. ProQuest 361630057.
  6. ^ Bennington, J. Bret; DaSilva, Zenia Sacks; D'Innocenzo, Michael; Pugliese, Stanislao G., eds. (2016). The 1930s: The Reality and the Promise. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. xi. ISBN 978-1-4438-8528-7. Retrieved March 1, 2022 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ a b "Mother Teresa Tops List of Century's Most Admired". The Catholic Advance. January 14, 2000. Retrieved March 1, 2022 – via