Once again, when it comes to the most admired man and woman anywhere in the world, Americans chose President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a recent USA Today/Gallop poll.
Mrs. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 11 years, and President Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years in a row.
First lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice are next in line behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list, while Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man.
Gallup’s “Most Admired” question is open-ended, asking Americans to name, without prompting, the man and the woman they most admire living in any part of the world. Gallup first asked Americans to name their Most Admired Man in 1946, and in 1948 expanded the question to both genders. The question was not asked in 1976 and in 1967 only the Most Admired Man question was asked.
The open-ended nature of the question produces the names of people with high top-of-mind name identification, most often hailing from the world of government and politics. The list also includes individuals who have become famous serving humanitarian causes and others whose fame comes from the business and entertainment worlds.