- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Former President Obama may be out of sight, but he isn’t out of mind with respondents of Gallup’s annual “Most Admired Man” poll.

The 44th president of the United States has captured Gallup’s “Most Admired Man” title for the 10th year in a row. The consulting company released its results on Wednesday after interviewing a random sample of 1,049 adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Obama narrowly beat out President Trump by a 3-point margin of 17 percent to 14 percent.

“Gallup has asked the most admired man question 71 times since 1946 — all but in 1976,” the organization said. “The incumbent president has won 58 of those times. Previous incumbent presidents who did not finish first include Harry Truman in 1946-1947 and 1950-1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1967-1968, Richard Nixon in 1973, Gerald Ford in 1974-1975, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George W. Bush in 2008.”

Taking the top slot for women was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with 9 percent.

The failed presidential candidate has received the distinction 22 times — more than any other person.

“Clinton’s and Obama’s standings this year are more tenuous than in the past,” Gallup reported. “The percent who name Clinton is the lowest percentage she has received since 2002, when 7 percent 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. … The percentage of adults naming Obama as the most admired man is down from 22 percent last year, but he has been at or near 17 percent in several other years.”

Gallup’s poll was conducted Dec. 4 through Dec. 11.

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