WASHINGTON: Outgoing US President Donald Trump has come out on top as Americans’ most-admired man for 2020, according to Gallup’s annual survey, ending former President Barack Obama’s 12-year run with the title.
This year’s poll results mark the first time Trump has won most-admired man on his own, after last year tying with Obama for the title. Former US first lady Michelle Obama still ranks as the most-admired American woman in 2020, earning the title for the third year in a row, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in second place.
Harris was followed by first lady Melania Trump, according to Gallup poll. The poll takes place every year since 1946. White House occupants — past, present and future presidents and first ladies — are almost always contenders, Gallup said.
As most admired man, 48% of Republicans chose Trump, with no other public figure receiving more than 2%. Democrats split their votes between Barack Obama, 32%, and President-elect Joe Biden, 13%.
Other Americans who have been named as the most admired men of the year in the Gallup poll are – Dr Anthony Fauci, Pope Francis, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and the Dalai Lama.
Oprah Winfrey placed fourth, while Queen Elizabeth II tied with Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in fifth place, each receiving 2%. Elizabeth has placed in the top 10 a total of 52 times. The only person who has had more top 10 finishes was the late evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, who made the list 61 times.