Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama most admired in 2012: Gallup poll

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 14:50 hrs

Washington, Dec 31 (IANS) Americans have again named Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and the Most Admired Man living in any part of the world in a new Gallup poll.

Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 11 years, more times than any other woman in Gallup's history, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years in a row.

First lady Michelle Obama, TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice are next in line behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list

South African freedom leader Nelson Mandela, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, American Christian evangelist Billy Graham, former president George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man.

These results are based on a Dec 19-22 USA Today/Gallup poll. Gallup's Most Admired question is open-ended, asking Americans to name, without prompting, the man and the woman they most admire living in any part of the world.

Clinton's first-place finish this year further solidifies her position as the most often named Most Admired Woman in Gallup's history - a total of 17 times going back to her first year as first lady in 1993.

Clinton missed being Most Admired in 1995 and 1996 when she finished second to Mother Teresa, and in 2001, when she was second to then first lady Laura Bush.

Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt is second with 13 finishes as Most Admired Woman, followed by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Mother Teresa.

This year marks the fifth time Barack Obama has been in first place on the men's list. Former general and US president Dwight Eisenhower was the Most Admired Man 12 times, the most for any man, followed by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton with eight first-place finishes each.

Results for the USA Today/Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec 19-22 with a random sample of 1,038 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the capital city of Washington DC.

--Indo-Asian News Service


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