Trump wins title of Americans’ most admired man in annual survey

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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 first lady Michelle Obama still ranks as the most-admired woman in 2020, earning the title for the third year in a row, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in second place.

18 percent of the U.S. adults surveyed named Trump when asked which man “living anywhere in the world they admire most,” while 15 percent named Obama. President-elect Joe Biden was third.

The results of the poll, conducted Dec. 1-17, were heavily split along party lines, with 48 percent of Republicans naming Trump and 32 percent of Democrats opting for Obama as their top choice. Biden was also a popular choice for Democrats, earning 13 percent of their responses.

No other public figure besides Trump received more than 2 percent of Republicans’ votes. Trump and Obama tied on the vote of independents, each earning 11 percent, while Biden earned 3 percent.

This year’s results mark the 10th time Trump has finished among the 10 most admired men and the 15th time Obama has made the list.

The 2020 poll results also featured several first-time top 10 finishers, including Dr. Anthony Fauci in fourth place on the men’s list, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in seventh place and Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett in ninth place on the women’s list.

The other top-ranking men for 2020 include Pope Francis, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, NBA superstar LeBron James and the Dalai Lama.

When asked which woman they admire most this year, 10 percent of poll respondents named Michelle Obama, 6 percent named Harris and 4 percent named first lady Melania Trump.

Also included in the list of most-admired women are former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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