Hillary Clinton Was America’s Most Admired Woman For 17 Years…But Not Anymore

December 28, 2018  |  

Michelle Obama Discusses Her New Book 'Becoming' With Sarah Jessica Parker

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Michelle Obama’s life post-White House just keeps getting better. After breaking records with the sales of her memoir, Becoming Michelle Obama, the former first lady has now been named the Most Admired Woman in America, based on the annual Gallup poll.

For 17 years, Hillary Clinton held the top spot as the woman Americans admire most, and while Mrs. Obama finished second to Clinton three times, this year she won by a “significant margin,” the site reported. Interestingly, another Black woman — Oprah Winfrey — claimed the second spot this year, with Clinton trailing in third and Melania Trump following in fourth place.

The placement is perfect for Mrs. Obama who now reigns beside her husband, former President Barack Obama, who has been named the Most Admired Man for the 11th year in a row. President Obama first earned the honor when he was president-elect, then through all eight of his years of his presidency, and now for two years as former president. If he wins again next year, he will tie Dwight Eisenhower for the most times being the Most Admired Man. Donald Trump, surprisingly — or not — follows behind in the second spot, making this only the 13th time in 72 polls that the incumbent president did not win. George W. Bush and Pope Francis are the third and fourth most admired men, respectively.

“Gallup’s annual survey, conducted December 3-12 this year, asks Americans, in an open-ended question, to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world today whom they admire most,” the site notes. “Gallup first asked the question in 1946 and has done so every year since, except 1976.” You can view the full, detailed report here.

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