Survey: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Most Admired Americans in 2010


clinton-obamaPresident Barack Obama is the Most Admired Man of 2010 in the U.S., while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is 2010’s Most Admired Woman, according to Gallup’s annual survey of Americans released Monday.

Obama received 22 percent to beat out former presidents George W. Bush (5 percent) and Bill Clinton (4 percent). The Top 10 list was rounded out by Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Pope Benedict XVI, the Rev. Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, Glenn Beck and The Dalai Lama. Each received low single figures.

Gallup noted that sitting U.S. presidents often do well in the annual survey. Since Gallup started the poll in 1946 sitting presidents have won Gallup’s Most Admired Man poll 52 times in 64 years.

Obama’s title is his third straight in the Gallup poll, though his margin of victory in 2010 declined 10 points since his first win in 2008 with 32 percent.

Clinton, meanwhile won the poll for the ninth consecutive year. She has come out tops 15 times in the survey since first making an appearance on the list in 1992.

The order of the top six women in 2010 was the same as in 2009.

Clinton (17 percent) came out ahead of Sarah Palin (12 percent), Oprah Winfrey (6 percent), Michelle Obama (5 percent), Condoleezza Rice (2 percent) and Queen Elizabeth II (2 percent).

Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi, Laura Bush and Barbara Bush rounded out the top 10.

Queen Elizabeth II made her 43rd appearance in the top 10, the record for any woman.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,019 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older.

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  1. Why is there a photo of Bill Clinton here? Hillary Clinton was voted most admired women in the U.S., not Bill. If you don’t want to put a photo of a women, don’t put any photo.

  2. If, as is stated in the headline to this story “Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton [are the] Most Admired Americans in 2010” why does this story feature photos of Barack Obama and BILL Clinton?