Washington – Poll: Americans Rank Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton As Most Admired

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    FILE - US President Barack Obama (L) and Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton (R) wave 19 November 2012.  EPAWashington – Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world’s most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

    Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization said.

    But the percentage of those surveyed who choose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent this year, down from 30 percent in 2012.

    The president’s job approval rating has dropped during a year marked by a botched healthcare rollout and stalled legislative initiatives at the start of his second term.

    Clinton earned the top spot among most admired women for the 12th consecutive year and 18th time overall, more than any other woman in the poll’s history.

    Fifteen percent of Americans surveyed gave the former first lady and U.S. senator the highest ranking, down from 21 percent who named her as the most admired woman last year, the poll showed.

    Gallup said its data came from a poll of 1,031 adults between December 5 and 8, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

    Other men named to the list included former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; Pope Francis and the Reverend Billy Graham; actor and director Clint Eastwood; Microsoft Corp co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

    The women who finished behind Hillary Clinton included talk show host Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Angelina Jolie.

    Also on the list were Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for girls; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

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    21 COMMENTS

    1. This country is in a lot worse shape then first thought, if Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton even make the list much less top the list. What is with this country? Is no one paying attention??

    2. Funny that the two most criticized folks on this site are the most admired in the rest of the world….I guess everyone else is wrong and Mark Levin, Shmelly G and their cheverah have it right,

      • There is a certain comical aspect to the usual Obama haters concluding that Americans are dumb because they respect Obama and Hillary while a small number of right wing yidden along with Donald Trump,Michelle Bachman and the teabag brigade are the only ones who have seen the “true light”. You were wrong in 2008, woefully wrong in 2012 and will be have all the admirable attributes of 2-week old chulent in 2016 when you watch Hillary taking the oath of office. Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong?

        • do you like when people like to you, or better yet when the president of the U.S. lies to you,
          but yet you feel the need to bash the tea party group,
          this disgrace of a president has done nothing but lie, spend trillions of dollars and divide the country oh yeah and has gone on a lot of vacations
          now its time to get your head out of the sand and see who barack hussein Obama is really is, he is a socialist marxist democratic LIAR thats it, if you like that keep on voting for that , as for me he is a disgrace and should be thrown in jail

          • Please explain how the socialistic Forbes magazine listed an increase of billionaires under the “socialistic marxist “democratic “{sic] President. The comparisons you list reflect your confused mind

    3. wow she hasn’t even announced she would be anointed the next president and already seeing stories of how great of person she is,
      amazing world we live, 2 of the least qualified people to do anything are so admired,

    4. Gallop must be nuts. 16% of those polled admire him while the remaining 84% admire others.

      Obama will ruin this country economically and in stature and will bring the US to its knees in supplication begging every country that the US helped in the past to forgive us.

      He probably is one of the most loathed individuals in this country.

      • Mark…you’ve been screamig gevalt about this socialist, marxist, islamist, etc. Obama for years and nonetheless, you seem to be ending up at the bottom of the manure pile. Maybe you like it there, judging by your seeming inability to change your rant. Maybe when you come up from the compost bin and “smell the roses”, you will sing a different song. Until then, hold your breadth.

    5. Country tanking and 2 of the biggest liars on are planet are voted for most admire. Idiots how do you think we go into the troubles in Benghazi, NSA, the tax scandal and more because these guys are lying to us and you don’t demand and accounting and IMPEACHMENT NOW

    6. I will not comment on our esteemed and distinguished Chief Executive, since he only has three years left in office, and enough has been said about him. However, regarding the former First Lady, Ms. Hillary Clinton, I cannot understand why she is so admired. She should have kicked her lying/cheating husband out of their home, especially when he caused her a lot of emotional and mental trauma, over the years. Secondly, she is a very volatile individual, as she has cursed at and verbally abused the Secret Service., on more than one occasion. There were even reports that she cursed out an aide of Bill Clinton when he lost his Governor’s race, and called him a “Jew B—–d”. The report was never denied. The aide, incidentally, was not Jewish. Regarding Jonathan Pollard, she has been evasive or has switched her position on that issue. I believe that Obama only appointed her Secretary of State, in an effort to pacify Bill Clinton, and keep both of them off of his back, during his first term in office.

    7. Let’s talk straight. If Obama was white he would be the laughingstock of the world. He’s a reincarnation of Jimmy “peanuts” Carter. Hillary being in politics is like Captain Sulley’s wife taking over as pilot after her husbands retirement.

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