Gallup's most admired man and woman poll
Gallup's most admired man and woman poll is an annual poll that Gallup has conducted at the end of most years 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?" 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.
Gallup's poll results are usually announced during the last week of each year, and the results typically get mainstream media coverage at the time. The survey has been considered, in part, a test of name recognition. While places at the top of the list are often predictable, scholars have found appearances further down in the top ten to be illuminating, such as in 1958 when segregationist governor Orval Faubus made the list in the wake of the Little Rock Nine civil rights episode.
Trends and top finishers
Sitting U.S. presidents have captured the top spot for men in 60 out of 73 years. In his lifetime, evangelist Billy Graham had 61 appearances in the top 10, the most of anyone, with eight second-place finishes. The second most is Ronald Reagan with 31, and Jimmy Carter with 28 and Pope John Paul II with 27 follow. The sitting pope has finished in the top ten in every year since 1977. The most selections as Americans' most admired man is shared by Dwight D. Eisenhower and Barack Obama, who are tied at 12 each.
Among women, the poll has shown Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. First Ladies with the most appearances on the list. The high mark for top 10 appearances belongs to Queen Elizabeth II with 50 through 2018. Although never winning, broadcaster Oprah Winfrey has finished in the top 10 a total of 31 times through 2018, including finishing second 14 times. The high mark for most selections as Americans' most admired woman belongs to Hillary Clinton, who served as First Lady of Arkansas from 1983 to 1992, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, and United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She ranked first 22 times out of 25 during the years 1993–2017, including 16 in a row from 2002 to 2017, before her dominance was broken in 2018 by Michelle Obama.
In 1980, Mother Teresa and Rosalynn Carter tied for most admired woman, and in 2019, Barack Obama and Donald Trump shared the title of most admired man. For the years 1946 and 1947, the question was asked as "most admired person," no poll was conducted in 1976, and "most admired woman" was not asked in 1967. No poll was conducted in 2021.
A portion of those surveyed choose a friend or relative instead of a public figure. In 2020, 11% chose a male friend or relative and 16% chose a female friend or relative as the men and women that they admired most in the world.
Number of selections
|Rank||Most admired man||Number of times|
|1||Dwight D. Eisenhower||12|
|5||George W. Bush||7|
|6||Lyndon B. Johnson||4|
|6||George H. W. Bush||4|
|12||John F. Kennedy||2|
|12||Harry S. Truman||2|
|15||Pope John Paul II||1|
|Rank||Most admired woman||Number of times|
Winners, 1946 to 2020
These are the most admired men and women of each year.
*Most admired person
- Panetta, Grace (December 30, 2019). "Donald Trump and Barack Obama are tied for 2019's most admired man in the US". Business Insider. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
- Seiger, Theresa (December 30, 2019). "Trump, Obama share title as most admired man in annual Gallup poll". KIRO-TV. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
- "Hillary Edges Out Oprah as Most Admired Woman in 2007". Gallup. December 26, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Babbie, Earl R. (1982). Social Research for Consumers. Wadsworth Publishing Company. p. 14.
- See for example Fieldstadt, Elisha (December 27, 2018). "Michelle Obama voted most admired woman, bumps Hillary Clinton from top spot: Gallup". NBC News.; Dopp, Terrence (December 27, 2017). "Obama Tops Trump as Most Admired, Gallup Poll of Americans Finds". Bloomberg News.; Levy, Gabrielle (December 28, 2016). "Gallup: Obama Is Most-Admired Man in the World". U.S. News & World Report.; and so forth.
- Harris, Chris (December 27, 2018). "Michelle Obama Tops List of Most Admired Women As Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump Tie for Third". People.
- Rosenberg, Gerald N. (2008). The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? (Second ed.). University of Chicago Press. p. 129.
- Jones, Jeffrey M. (December 27, 2018). "Michelle Obama Ends Hillary Clinton's Run as Most Admired". Gallup.
- "Obama, Clinton Continue Reign as Most Admired" (Press release). Gallup. December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
- "Obama, Trump Tie as Most Admired Man in 2019". December 30, 2019.
- "Most Admired Man and Woman". Gallup. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
- "Most Admired Man and Woman". Gallup. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
- Trump, Obama tie for Americans' most-admired man By QUINT FORGEY, Politico, December 30, 2019
- 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.
- Most Admired Men and Women: 1948-1998 – Gallup discussion of first 50 years of list
- Chronological list of Most Admired Men and Women
- Elon University Poll: North Carolina’s Most Admired People