Gallup: Hillary Clinton ranked most-admired woman in U.S. for record 20th year


Hillary Clinton speaks in Keota, Iowa, on Dec. 22, 2015. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Looks like she is “likeable enough.”

Americans named Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton the most-admired woman living anywhere in the world for the 20th time, according to a poll released Monday.

Gallup says 13 percent of participants mentioned the former secretary of state when asked, “What [woman/man] that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?”

During her lifetime, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was named most-admired woman a total of 13 times — placing her as the runner-up regarding first-place rankings.

This is the 14th consecutive year Clinton has topped the annual Gallup list — longer than any other woman or man in the Washington-based consulting company’s history.

Since 1993, when she was first named most-admired woman, Clinton has maintained the media’s attention with her various roles: first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate.

Other women in this year’s top 10 included human rights leaders (Malala Yousafzai and Aung San Suu Kyi), talk show hosts (Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres) and other political figures (Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin).

For men, President Obama was named the most-admired man living anywhere in the world by a wide margin; 17 percent of those polled mentioned the commander-in-chief when asked the aforementioned question.

Pope Francis and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were tied for second place, listed at 5 percent each.

The other admired men in the top 10 included presidents (George W. Bush and Bill Clinton), other presidential candidates (Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson) and religious leaders (the Dalai Lama and the Rev. Billy Graham).

These data are the result of telephone interviews conducted Dec. 2-6 using a random sample of 824 adults from all U.S. states and the District of Columbia. There was a minimum quota of 40 percent landline participants and 60 percent cellphone participants.