Donald Trump, Barack Obama tied as 'most admired man' in Gallup poll

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Trump is America’s Most Admired Man for First Time, Ties With Obama in Annual Gallup Poll

Obama's husband, former president Barack Obama, tied President Donald Trump this year for most admired man.

Michelle Obama has been voted the woman Americans admire most for the second year running.

Obama, 55, bested current first lady Melania Trump in the 2019 results of an annual poll released Tuesday by Gallup.

Eighteen percent of US adults nominated Trump when asked which man "living today in any part of the world" they admired most, while another 18 percent identified the most recent Democratic president. Eighteen percent of USA adults voted for each one, with Trump getting the vote of 45% of Republicans, 10% of independents, and 2% of Democrats, and Obama getting the vote of 41% of Democrats, 12% of independents, and 3% of Republicans.

The survey by Gallup is open-ended, and respondents can write in any name they want. However, the independents who were polled were divided about equally between both men.

Obama's 18 percent share of the vote is in line with his 2018 (19%) and 2017 (17%) results, all of which are considered high for a former president. Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and climate change activist Greta Thunberg finished at 3 percent each. Read on for the top 10 most admired women, plus the rest of the top 10 men.

The only other former president to receive double-digit mentions after leaving office was Dwight Eisenhower.

Michelle Obama had the top spot for women, with 10 percent choosing her.

Last year, 13 percent of Americans chose Trump as the most admired man, and 14 percent picked him in 2017, the first year of his presidency.

"Coincident with the rise in his job approval rating, the 18 percent of Americans now naming Trump as the most admired man is also up, from 13 percent in 2018 and 14 percent in 2017", Gallup said.

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