Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Trump ends Obama’s 12-year run as most admired man on Gallup’s poll in the US

Donald Trump has ended Barack Obama’s 12-year run as most admired man in Gallup’s annual poll, having tied with the former president in 2019.

Mr Obama is now tied with Dwight Eisenhower for the most ever first place finishes at the top of the poll.

Michelle Obama leads the poll on most admired women, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris coming in second place.

In the 76 years that Gallup has polled who is the most admired man, the incumbent president has come top 60 times. Current or former first ladies often top the women’s poll.

As an open-ended question, respondents can name anyone in the world.

While 48 per cent of Republican respondents named Mr Trump as their choice, with no other public figure getting more than 2 per cent of the vote, Democrats split their responses.

Former president Obama received 32 per cent of votes (down from 41 per cent in 2019), President-elect Joe Biden got 13 per cent, and infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci received five per cent.