The Donald Trump presidency has proven every bit as disastrous as the most cynical prognosticators warned it might. America is in retreat on the global stage and tearing apart at the seams domestically. Trump himself is growing more isolated and paranoid, relying more and more on Twitter to pump his toxic vitriol directly into our body politic. One can’t help but miss the days when there was a decent man behind the wheel of state. Frankly, right now most people would settle for a sane one.
Now, a new poll has put into perspective just how much Americans miss their former president. Gallop has released it’s annual poll on the most admired man and woman in the country. For the 11th year in a row, Barack Obama snagged the top spot. Former First Lady Michelle Obama seized the number one spot in the women’s category for the first time, pushing Hillary Clinton from the distinction for the first time in 17 years.
The poll was conducted from December 3rd to December 12th. Those questioned in the open-ended format were simply asked to name the man and woman they admire the most. Their possible choices were not limited to just Americans.
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19% of people chose Barack Obama as their most admired man. Somehow, Donald Trump was the second most admired man with 13%, showing once again that there is a segment of this country completely untethered from reality that will support their monstrous leader no matter how thoroughly he demonstrates he is unfit to hold office.
Obama’s victory over Trump comes with an added bit of sting for the sitting president since it means Obama is one more win away from tying with former president Dwight Eisenhower for the distinction of being named most admired man more times than anyone in the history of the poll.
Additionally, this just the 13th time since the poll started in 1946 that the sitting president didn’t come in first place. Gerald Ford also holds the ignominious distinction.
15% of responders chose Michelle Obama as their most admired woman. She enjoyed a healthy lead over the number two woman, Oprah Winfrey who was chosen as most admired by 5% of Americans.
The full breakdown was as follows:
Most Admired Man
- Barack Obama (19%)
- Donald Trump (13%)
- George W. Bush (2%)
- Pope Francis (2%)
- Bill Gates (1%)
- Bernie Sanders (1%)
- Bill Clinton (1%)
- Dalai Lama (1%)
- Joe Biden, 1%
- Elon Musk (1%)
Most Admired Woman
- Michelle Obama (15%)
- Oprah Winfrey (5%)
- Hillary Clinton (4%)
- Melania Trump (4%)
- Queen Elizabeth II (2%)
- Angela Merkel (2%)
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2%)
- Ellen DeGeneres (2%)
- Nikki Haley (1%)
- Malala Yousafzai (1%)
If Trump finishes out his tenure without winning the top spot, he will become the second president in history to never win the superlative. Given the fact that his administration is deteriorating rather than improving, it seems like a likely eventuality. One can only imagine how deeply that fact will burrow beneath his infamous thin-skin.