Bakshi: Americans most admire Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
December 28th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

Bakshi: Americans most admire Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

By Amar C. Bakshi, CNN

According to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama retain their place in the eyes of Americans as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man on Earth living today.

This marks the tenth year in a row that Hillary Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman and the fourth year in a row that Barack Obama has been named the Most Admired Man.

Seventeen percent of poll respondents mentioned Hillary Clinton as the woman they admired most, followed by 7% who named Oprah Winfrey and 5% who named Michelle Obama.  Other leading women included Sarah Palin, Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Michele Bachmann.

Hillary Clinton has been named Most Admired Woman 16 times since 1993 – more times than any other woman since the poll was first conducted in 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt finished first as Most Admired Woman 13 times.

Seventeen percent of poll respondents mentioned Barack Obama as the man they admired most, followed by 3% mentioning George W. Bush and 2% mentioning Bill Clinton.  Other leading men this year included the Reverend Billy Graham, Warren Buffett, Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Pope Benedict XVI and Bill Gates.

The Reverend Billy Graham has been named among the top 10 most admired men alive more than any other man – 55 times since 1955.

For more on the results of this poll, visit Who do you admire most and why?

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  1. Change

    Yes! Question the polls. So how come you people didn't question the polls when the republican owned and operated mainstream media was conducting polls in your red states and saying most Americans didn't wish for comprehensive healthcare? When President Obama ran for office, healthcare reform was part of his agenda and if the American people who elected him to office didn't want healthcare reform, they would have voted for McCain but they didn't. And all those banner toting anti-Obamacare protesters near the White House never did identified themselves as Democrats or Liberals. No, they were all republicans and teabag activists. So now you want to question polls when for three years they have been misleading and been in your favor? Please take a hike.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  2. Change

    When President Obama gets elected the square one you're referring to is far better than the square one your former president gave to America. That is two deadly and costly wars and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. And again, how many Americans have died as a result of the policies of the Obama administration? Zero! And under Bush? tens of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands of our troops. And you people say your hate and dislike for President Obama has nothing to do with race? Yea right.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  3. Stinger

    Hillary met Bill when they were both dating the same girl in college. Obama can't run next year as he is going to be a spokesman for Church's.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:30 am | Reply
  4. Stinger

    Moscow has endorsed the Democratic Socialist Party favorites of Clinton and Obama. I guess that means they will run, but at question is who will be on top (or Pres, VP).

    December 30, 2011 at 12:32 am | Reply
  5. Terry h

    Who made up this list?????????????????????????

    December 30, 2011 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • Jute

      The DNC.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:05 am | Reply
    • james


      January 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  6. Terry h

    No wonder our country is in the shape it is in if these are the people that we admire. Four years for Obama and 10 for Clinton, are there no others alive?????

    December 30, 2011 at 12:47 am | Reply
  7. Jon Duncan

    Dear CNN,
    I couldn't help but notice you decided to exclude only one of the most admired men from that poll: Thomas Monson.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:07 am | Reply
  8. Jute


    December 30, 2011 at 6:03 am | Reply
  9. S

    They did NOT ask me – I do NOT admire either of these idiots!

    December 30, 2011 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • north1of7

      I guess you like what is going on in washington today, so vote who you want, but do not whine when our country goes down the tubes during his next 4 years

      December 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • willy

      I'm with you

      December 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  10. Tar de Moutonnoir

    What a sad list!. Further evidence of the decline of western civilization and the impending collapse of the U.S

    December 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
  11. north1of7

    this survey must not have been done in the US. maybe the dem headquarters in chicago put this out

    December 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  12. Mixer60


    December 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  13. Kevin

    Obama most admired??? I have rarely seem anyone give that nome on iota of respect, or favor. Who admires Obama?? Obama is far from intelligent, and even further from being Presidential material.....he is a disaster...maybe people admire him becasue they think it might be cool to have a beer with him?? I dunno.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  14. Russell

    Correction, please. Americans vote for most admired Americans in America. To say that Americans vote for most admired people on earth means that only Americans people the earth and everyone, I like to believe including Americans, know that that is not true.

    December 31, 2011 at 12:32 am | Reply
  15. dougaussie

    just put a line through 2012, obama will be president again.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:13 am | Reply
  16. james

    Admire Hillary Clinton Yes but Obama ??? You have got to be kidding–He doesn't have a clue–

    December 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Russell

      Why do you say that?

      January 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  17. willy

    I believe this poll like
    I believe there is a bigfoot................

    December 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  18. DavidL

    The sitting president has won the last 31 years in a row. If he had ANY integrity he would mention that. So, sorry to burst your bubble liberals, but GW Bush won it every year he was president too. I recognize Hillary Clinton is admired, heck anybody that would stay with Bill after all those Lewinski's in the office, has to be admired no matter what.

    January 1, 2012 at 2:55 am | Reply
    • Eric Hendrickson

      Its been 31 years I thought GB was only in office 12 years

      January 2, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  19. Sam Rupani

    Mr. Om Rupani wants to be famous now.

    He has designed car, done one painting, and written one sermon. Is there any chance he will make it in America or Wall Street. All Articles are deposited with Metropolitan muesum in NYC. People wants to be something in this world. They don't know what is needed to be done here to be immortal. Immortality is needed. over 3 million people wants immortality today on this planet.


    Sam Rupani

    Houston, Texas, USA.

    January 1, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  20. Sam Rupani

    Good Morning.

    If President Obama is so famous, he will win re-election campaign. Done.

    If Hillary Clinton is so famous, she will become Vice President. Say Yes now.



    Sam Rupani

    Houston, Texas.

    January 1, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
  21. Sam Rupani

    Good Morning.

    Her Excellency Very Great Madame Hillary Clinton is now Vice Presidential Candidate of the United States of America.

    His Excellency Very Great Mr. Ted Koppel is now Secretary of State of the United States of America.

    Fruits of your labor is your destiny.



    Sam Rupani

    Houston, Texas

    January 1, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  22. Sam Rupani

    Good Morning.

    President Obama has won the election today.

    He has been re-elected by Land Slide today.



    Sam Rupani

    Houston, Texas.

    January 1, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
  23. Eric Hendrickson

    I admire the people who serve others who are less fortunate and The truth seekers and the people who are fair and just and the people who admit there mistakes and learn from them.
    And how the hell is GW 2 on the list who is so arrogant and disrespectful and stupid to hire his dads buddy Rumsfeild who seems to have been buds Bin laden and Saddam and is a member of the Skull and Bones secret society
    And check out my picture of JFK I posted on FB on christmas who vowed to expose a secret plot 7 days before he was killed in texas

    We are all citizens of Earth this land is your land this land our land this land was made for you and me and we need to leave it a better place for our children and no child should suffer WAKE up America Big oil big pharma is taking our freedom away
    and we need a

    And I would like to give special thanks To Dr Stanley Krippner who I admire and honor he took the time to when no one else would And gave such a wonderful Review and pay homage to author Dr. Eugene Seaich my grandpa who spent his life loving caring for his wife having the terrible disease Multiple Scleroses

    January 2, 2012 at 5:10 am | Reply
  24. Marvin

    I would say the Gallup Poll results have been misrepresented. While Mrs Clinton and President Obama may in fact have the highest percentages, I would hesitate to say that 17% equals "most admired". It would appear that their showing in this poll is probably on a par with their public approval ratings.

    Please notice that my comments remained on topic with the story. It's no wonder the US Congress is unable to legislate effectively when Americans seem to be so fixated on making "GOP vs Obama" and "whose mess is this" the topic of every discussion. I guess our elected officials are doing a much better job of representing our views/opinions than one might think.

    January 3, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
  25. Manuela

    Hope the majority of Americans will vote for Obama. He inherited huge problems at home and abroad. He is serving his country with dignity, with compassion and great tolerance in the face of almost intolerable internal pressure. He is an example to all of us around the world and a source of faith in the human race. God bless America in the hour of choosing!

    January 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  26. gita

    For people who follow International Politics, Obama and clinton deserve to win, hands down. History will record how the two have systematically sorted out the US mess in foreign policy and restored sanity. Their vision a) use Turkey as the role model to spread secular values amongst Islamic parties, post Arab Spring,b) withdraw from Iraq, but safeguard US interests by creation of an independent Kurdistan, where Oil exists, c)establish US interests in Africa to displace China's power, d) Curb China's power by creation of the Pacific Trade Agreement and finally open up Noth Korea and Myanmar,which will cut back china's clout. I am convinced that the US will secure a peace settlement in Afghanistan and also sort out Pakistan. Bravo,Obama/Clinton!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • sidney

      This is a brilliant summation of the Hilary/Barack vision. I fully agree with the polls

      January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
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