This is the first time ever that Trump has topped this list, while his First Lady was not even a close second. The Obamas, on the other hand, have won similar polls multiple times before.
President Donald Trump and former First Lady Michelle Obama have been named the most admired man and woman of 2020 according to the latest Gallup poll released on Tuesday, reports WPBF. This is the first time Trump has topped the list alone, as he tied with former President Barack Obama last year. For Michelle Obama, this is her third consecutive year at the top of the list.
Barack Obama came in second among the men with 15% votes. President-elect Joe Biden was third with 6% and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, was fourth with 3%. Pope Francis, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Bill Gates were also among the most admired men on the list.
According to a new Gallup poll, Michelle Obama and Donald Trump are the most admired man and woman of 2020. pic.twitter.com/umFRt7UMTo— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 29, 2020
Despite having a rather tumultuous year, Trump has managed to jump to top of the list. He faced impeachment, his administration was criticized for how they handled racial tensions and the pandemic, and not to mention he lost to Biden in the 2020 presidential elections.
Speaking of political inclinations, 48% of Republicans chose Trump while Obama was a favorite among the Democrats with 32%. Meanwhile, Biden received 13% among Democrats. Trump and Obama were split among the Independents with 11%.
Michelle Obama received 10% of the votes for the most admired woman. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris followed behind with 6% and first lady Melania Trump came in third place with 4%. The First Lady has been on the list of top 10 most admired women for the past four years, but she has never topped the list.
Hillary Clinton, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Queen Elizabeth II were also among the most admired women. It's also worth mentioning that 11% named a relative or friend as the man they admired most, while 21% had no opinion on the question. Meanwhile, 16% percent of Americans named a relative or friend as the woman they admired most, and 19% did not have an opinion.
The Gallup report noted, "Past, present and future White House occupants, whether presidents or first ladies have figured prominently when Gallup has asked Americans to name the man and woman they admire most. As such, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden are likely to remain strong contenders for the most admired man title in the coming years."
"Should Trump continue to dominate Republicans' consciousnesses -- currently, Republicans rarely name any other public person than him -- he will have a good chance of winning in future years, especially if Democrats continue to split their choices between Obama and Biden."
"Still, former presidents typically have not been top of mind for Americans -- only Obama and Eisenhower received 10% or more mentions in any year after they left office." The poll was conducted via telephone this time, from December 1-17 among a random sample of 1,018 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.