Gallup’s annual survey asks Americans to vote for the “most admired” man and woman, and this year, for the first time in 12 years, Barack Obama did not make it to first place. Last year Trump and Obama were tied for the honor, while for 11 years running before that, Obama clinched the title himself.
Michelle Obama was 2020’s most admired woman, a title she has held for three years in a row. In second place is Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The poll is open-ended–participants are asked which man “living anywhere in the world they admire most.” Trump was chosen by 18 percent of respondents, and Obama was picked by 15%. Joe Biden, the US president-elect, came in third place.
The poll results were split strongly according to party lines. Republicans picked Trump 48% of the time, while Democrats chose Obama 32% of the time. Biden received 13 percent of the votes by the Democrats polled.
This year’s poll is the 10th time Trump has been picked to be among the world’s ten most admired men. It is the 15th time Obama made the grade. No other public personas received more than 2% of the vote among Republicans.
Others that made it among the top ten men in 2020 were Dr. Anthony Fauci, Pope Francis, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama.
The most admired women included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy coney Barrett and Melania Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, and Greta Thunberg.