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 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?"[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]

Sitting U.S. presidents have captured the top spot for men in 58 out of 70 years.[2] Through 2016, evangelist Billy Graham had 60 appearances in the top 10, the most of anyone,[2] 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.[2] The sitting pope has finished in the top ten in every year since 1977.[2]

Among women, the poll has shown Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Hillary 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 48 through 2016.[3] The high mark for most appearances at number 1, the most admired woman in the world, belongs to Hillary Clinton who served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas from 1983 to 1992. She has ranked first for 21 of the past 24 years (1993–2016).

Number of selections[edit]

Rank Most admired man Number of times
1 Dwight D. Eisenhower 12
2 Barack Obama 9
3 Ronald Reagan 8
3 Bill Clinton 8
5 George W. Bush 7
6 Lyndon B. Johnson 4
6 Richard Nixon 4
6 George H. W. Bush 4
9 Douglas MacArthur 3
9 Henry Kissinger 3
11 Jimmy Carter 3
12 John F. Kennedy 2
12 Harry S. Truman 2
14 Pope John Paul II 2
Rank Most admired woman Number of times
1 Hillary Clinton 22
2 Eleanor Roosevelt 13
3 Margaret Thatcher 6
4 Jacqueline Kennedy 5
5 Mother Teresa 4
6 Nancy Reagan 3
6 Rosalynn Carter 3
6 Golda Meir 3
9 Betty Ford 2
9 Barbara Bush 2
9 Mamie Eisenhower 2
12 Pat Nixon 1
12 Laura Bush 1
12 Ethel Kennedy 1
12 Elizabeth Kenny 1

Winners, 1946 to 2017[edit]

These are the most admired men and women 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.

Year Most admired man Most admired woman
1946 Douglas MacArthur* Not asked
1947 Douglas MacArthur* Not asked
1948 Harry Truman Eleanor Roosevelt
1949 Harry Truman Eleanor Roosevelt
1950 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1951 Douglas MacArthur Sister Elizabeth Kenny
1952 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1953 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1954 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1955 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1956 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1957 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1958 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1959 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1960 Dwight Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt
1961 John F. Kennedy Eleanor Roosevelt
1962 John F. Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy
1963 Lyndon Johnson Jacqueline Kennedy
1964 Lyndon Johnson Jacqueline Kennedy
1965 Lyndon Johnson Jacqueline Kennedy
1966 Lyndon Johnson Jacqueline Kennedy
1967 Dwight Eisenhower Not asked
1968 Dwight Eisenhower Ethel Kennedy
1969 Richard Nixon Mamie Eisenhower
1970 Richard Nixon Mamie Eisenhower
1971 Richard Nixon Golda Meir
1972 Richard Nixon Pat Nixon
1973 Henry Kissinger Golda Meir
1974 Henry Kissinger Golda Meir
1975 Henry Kissinger Betty Ford
1976 Not asked Not asked
1977 Jimmy Carter Rosalynn Carter
1978 Jimmy Carter Betty Ford
1979 Jimmy Carter Rosalynn Carter
1980 Pope John Paul II Mother Teresa / Rosalynn Carter
1981 Ronald Reagan Nancy Reagan
1982 Ronald Reagan Margaret Thatcher
1983 Ronald Reagan Margaret Thatcher
1984 Ronald Reagan Margaret Thatcher
1985 Ronald Reagan Nancy Reagan
1986 Ronald Reagan Mother Teresa
1987 Ronald Reagan Nancy Reagan
1988 Ronald Reagan Margaret Thatcher
1989 George H. W. Bush Margaret Thatcher
1990 George H. W. Bush Margaret Thatcher
1991 George H. W. Bush Barbara Bush
1992 George H. W. Bush Barbara Bush
1993 Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
1994 Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
1995 Bill Clinton Mother Teresa
1996 Bill Clinton Mother Teresa
1997 Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
1998 Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
1999 Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
2000 Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton
2001 George W. Bush Laura Bush
2002 George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton
2003 George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton
2004 George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton
2005 George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton
2006 George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton
2007 George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton
2008 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2009 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2010 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2011 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2012 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2013 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2014 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2015 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2016 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton
2017 Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton

*Most admired person

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hillary Edges Out Oprah as Most Admired Woman in '07". Gallup.com. 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Obama, Clinton Continue Reign as Most Admired" (Press release). Gallup. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Most Admired Man and Woman". Gallup.com. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  4. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "Most Admired Man and Woman". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  • 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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