Trump Most Admired Man in 2020: Gallup

By Zachary Stieber  December 29,2020

President Donald Trump is the most admired man in America this year, according to a new survey.

Eighteen percent of respondents to a Gallup poll chose Trump as the most admired man of 2020, a year after he tied former President Barack Obama for first-place.

Including the tie, Obama was chosen as the most admired man for 12 years in a row.

Obama was chosen by 15 percent of respondents in this year’s survey.

Nearly half of Republican respondents named Trump. No other figure received more than 2 percent of Republicans’ votes.

Obama was the top choice among Democrats, being named by 32 percent of Democrat respondents. In second was Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at 13 percent.

Independents were split, with 11 percent choosing Trump and 11 percent naming Obama.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was chosen by 5 percent of Democratic respondents, 2 percent of Independents, and 1 percent of Republicans.

Overall, Biden came in third and Fauci in fourth.

The remaining men in the top 10 were Tesla founder Elon Musk, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Pope Francis, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, NBA star LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama.

Of those polled, 11 percent named a relative or friend as their most admired man. Another 21 percent didn’t respond. And 19 percent chose “other,” declining to pick among the choices listed.

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Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Vietnamese students in Can Giuoc district, Long An province, on Dec. 9, 2019. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump finished among the top 10 for the tenth time. Four times were before he entered politics.

All-time, Rev. Bill Graham leads with 61 top 10 finishes, followed by former President Ronald Reagan, former President Jimmy Carter, Pope John Paul II, and former President Bill Clinton.

The survey was conducted over the phone. The results were based on a random sample of 1,018 respondents, all adults 18 or older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error was plus/minus 4 percentage points. Gallup combines the first and second choices in their rankings.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Obama’s wife, was chosen as the most admired woman. Roughly one out of 10 respondents chose her, compared to 6 percent naming Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and 4 percent picking First Lady Melania Trump.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Queen Elizabeth II, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and teen activist Greta Thunberg rounded out the top 10.

Sixteen percent of respondents named a relative or friend while 19 percent did not have an opinion.

Queen Elizabeth II leads women all-time, with 52 finishes in the top 10, followed by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Winfrey, Clinton, and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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