Michelle Obama Named 'Most Admired Woman' In Annual Gallup Survey

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Hillary Clinton's tenure at the top of Gallup's most-admired woman poll came to an abrupt end in 2018. Winfrey has appeared among the top 10 most admired women 31 times. First Lady Melania Trump also shares the third place spot with the former political opponent of her husband. Gallup has asked the question every year except one since 1946.

Other women on the list include Angela Merkel, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ellen DeGeneres, Nikki Haley, Malala Yousafzai and Nancy Pelosi. Donald Trump came in second, with 13 per cent.

There is a six-point gap between first and second place in the Most Admired Man list.

Barack Obama could tie former President Dwight D. Eisenhower for the most number of Most Admired Man finishes "if he earns the title in 2019", says Gallup.

This is the 11th consecutive year that Barack Obama has been named the most admired man in the poll. Independents supported Obama at 13 percent compared with Trump at 10 percent.

Previously, Mrs. Obama finished second to Clinton three times in the poll.

Gallup attributes the switch at the top of the women's list to the fact that Clinton "more fully retreated to private life after a long career as first lady, USA senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate". "Trump and Gerald Ford are the two presidents to date who did not win the honor while in office", the release said. Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vice President Mike Pence and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Clinton's record at the top will likely stand for some time, however.

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