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ESOBarack Obama topped the list of most admired men in the US according to the annual Gallup poll, with President Trump coming in second, the first time since 2008 the incumbent president didn't top the list.
Obama is only the second former president to win the "most admired" title, along with Dwight Eisenhower in 1967 and 1968.
Trump's second place standing adds his name to a rare subset of incumbent presidents; those who failed to be named Gallup's most admired man. But Trump's unpopularity kept him from the top spot, by a margin of 3 percent.
Gallup has been asking about the most admired man since 1946 and the most admired woman since 1948. "The incumbent president is the usual victor, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country", Gallup reports.
It was her 16th consecutive year, and Gallup sounds skeptical that the streak will continue, as "her popularity [is] at a nadir and the percentage naming her as most-admired the lowest in 15 years" at 9%.
On the women's side, former first lady Michelle Obama just barely trailed behind Hillary Clinton in clinching the second spot with 7 percent. Of those 71 surveys, the incumbent president has won 58 times, the poll noted.
As for the rest of Americans, one quarter can not name someone for the top spot.
Nine percent of participants said they most admired Clinton, which was a decline from her 12% rating a year ago.
The results are based on telephone interviews conducted between December 4-11 with 1,049 adults nationwide. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over".
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