According to a recent Gallup poll, Barack and Michelle Obama are the most admired people in the world.
The annual poll, which was conducted Dec. 3-12 through phone calls to 1,025 random Americans, asked the participants to name the man and woman they admired most throughout the entire world. With only one exception -1976- Gallup has asked this same open ended question each year since 1946.
Michelle Obama garnered the top spot for 2018, edging out Hillary Clinton who has held the title for a whopping 17 years running. For the past several years, Ms. Obama has finished second to Hillary’s top honor but this year, with Hillary choosing to stay somewhat out of the spotlight and Michelle having a much deserved ‘moment’ with the stunning success of her book and the accompanying star-studded tour, Ms. Obama was a clear favorite among the masses. She finished first by a good 10% with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary grabbing the second and third place on the list.
Barack, on the other hand, has held this title before – 11 times to be exact-and shows no signs of going anywhere. He managed to snag the honor first as president-elect way back in 2008 and held it consecutively through his years as Commander in Chief and has even inched out Donald Trump each year since he entered the political arena.
This year, the mere presence of the well-liked Obamas seems to be enough to keep them on top perhaps by easily drawing attention to the vast differences between them and our current First Couple, the Trumps, who finished 2nd and 4th behind Barack and Michelle, respectively.
Other women of note who made it on to the short list include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, human rights activist Malala Yousafza, Nancy Pelosi, and the Queen.
On the men’s side, finishing behind Obama and Trump,
former President George W. Bush, Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, former Vice President Joe Biden (good news as he floats around a potential 2020 bid?), Elon Musk, and current Vice President Mike Pence