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 is announced during the last week of each year, and the results typically gets 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 59 out of 72 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.
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 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 ranked first 22 times out of 25 during the years 1993–2017, including 16 in a row from 2002–2017, before her dominance was broken in 2018 by Michelle Obama.
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|
|14||Pope John Paul II||1|
|Rank||Most admired woman||Number of times|
Winners, 1946 to 2018
These are the most admired men and women of each year. 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.
*Most admired person
- "Hillary Edges Out Oprah as Most Admired Woman in '07". Gallup.com. 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- 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 Organization.
- "Obama, Clinton Continue Reign as Most Admired" (Press release). Gallup. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
- 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.
- 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