Donald Trump has been declared the second most admired man in the United States, being surpassed solely by president Obama and equaling Pope Francis in terms of overall popularity.
These results, worthy of a lengthier debate, were revealed on Monday, December 28, when the newest Gallup Poll Social Series (GPSS) data was made public.
The survey was carried out by telephone between December 2 and December 6, and involved a group of 824 Americans, aged 18 and upwards.
The most appreciated male public figure across the nation appears to be Barack Obama, who was selected by around 17% of the respondents.
This was the 8th time when the politician has made the top 10, Obama therefore equaling Ronald Regan and Bill Clinton’s number of appearances on this list, and being surpassed just by Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was nominated among the most distinguished men in the U.S. on 12 occasions.
Pope Francis and presidential front-runner Donald Trump each received 5% of the votes, ranking second in the public’s perception.
The rest of the top ten was made up of religious leaders (the Dalai Lama and Reverend Billy Graham, who each obtained 1% of the mentions), former presidents (Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who also got 1% of the nominations) and current candidates in the presidential race (Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders).
The odd one out was Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, acclaimed entrepreneur and philanthropist, who received 2% of the survey participants’ votes.
Researchers believe that Donald Trump’s high ranking isn’t actually that surprising, given the fact that he has actually been included in the top 10 most admired celebrities on 4 other occasions, in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2011.
As pointed out by Jeffrey Jones, Gallup Poll managing editor, especially this year, the Republican candidate’s actions and statements have benefited from extensive coverage, his controversial decisions and proposals dividing public opinion, leaving some outraged, and others impressed.
When it came to women that Americans admire the most, results weren’t as unexpected, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton topping the chart for the 14th consecutive year, and making her 20th appearance on this list ever since 1993.
While the former first lady garnered 13% of the nominations for the title of “most admired woman”, the second person on this list was Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who obtained 5% of the mentions.
The ranking also included politicians such as presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
There were also popular TV hosts mentioned by respondents: Oprah Winfrey, who was ranked 3rd, with 4% of the votes, and Ellen DeGeneres, who received 1% of the designations.
Other female public figures who were among the ones considered the most praise-worthy were First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama (4% of the mentions), Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, and of the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012.
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