President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have tied for the title of Americans’ most admired man, according to Gallup’s annual survey — marking the first time the current commander in chief has achieved the distinction and the 12th consecutive first-place showing for his immediate predecessor.
Eighteen percent of U.S. adults nominated Trump when asked which man “living today in any part of the world” they admired most, while another 18 percent identified the most recent Democratic president.
The results of the poll, conducted Dec. 2-15, were split sharply along party lines, with 45 percent of Republicans selecting Trump for the honor and 41 percent of Democrats opting for Obama.
Trump captured only 2 percent Democratic and 10 percent independent support, while Obama garnered 3 percent support from GOP respondents and 12 percent from independents.
Apart from the two presidents, no other man attained the votes of more than 2 percent of those questioned in the 2019 poll.
Rounding out the list of Americans’ top 10 most admired men are former President Jimmy Carter, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the Dalai Lama and investor Warren Buffett.
Among Americans’ most admired women, former first lady Michelle Obama claimed the prize spot for the second year running, and was the only woman to achieve double-digit support.
The other top-ranking women include first lady Melania Trump, former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, climate activist Greta Thunberg, Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.