Even though he’s no longer President of The United States of America, Barack Obama has been voted as the ‘Most admired Man in The World.
This is the tenth year in a row the 44th President has won the Gallup poll, which was released this week.
17 per cent of pollers declared the former Commander-in-Chief as the man the world most admired, coming in second place was current president Donald Trump with 14 per cent. Knowing how fragile Trump’s ego has been since he came into power I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s currently drafting a strongly worded Twitter post as I type up this article – spelling mistakes and all.
The poll also found that Trump’s former (or still? Who knows…) rival Hillary Clinton was voted as the world’s most admirable woman, beating out former First Lady Michelle Obama. Which is quite telling seeing as during the climax of 2016’s heated presidential election Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote, despite losing the state electoral votes.
Which is a curious thing in itself when analysing traditional, yet flawed, electoral systems.
Gallup News also notes that it:
marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman.
It also points out:
Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 — the year he was first elected — and this year, his first as a former president.
However despite being named as ‘The Most Admired Man in The World’ Gallup is quick to underline the fact that both Clinton’s and Obama’s rankings this year are ‘more tenuous than in the past’.
Gallup News writes:
The 9% who name Clinton is the lowest percentage she has received since 2002, when 7% named her in another close first-place finish. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating.
This indicates she remains top of mind for enough people who like her to be named more than any other woman in response to the open-ended question, finishing ahead of some women who may be better liked overall but are not as prominent in people’s minds.
For Barack Obama, the number of adults who have named him the most admired man is down from 22% last year. However, Gallup does point out his rating ‘has been at or near 17% in several other years’. Despite handing the White House over to Trump this year his influence on American politics still holds a lot of weight.
Last October he returned to the political stage to help drum up votes for the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey. They hoped that his presence could help gain some much-needed votes from the African American and Hispanic communities.