He’s not only the president, he’s also the most admired man in the United States. For the third year in a row, a USA Today – Gallup poll has found that Barack Obama is more admired than other notable world figures including former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.
The survey was conducted between December 10-12, and is based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,019 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Participants were asked to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world they most admired. 22 percent of responders named President Obama as the man they most admire, enough to give him the title of most admired, but down from his 32 percent in 2008 and 30 percent in 2009.
The most admired woman is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has held the title 15 times since 1992. 17 percent of responders this year named her, with 12 percent naming former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and 11 percent naming talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
You can see all of the results of the poll on Gallup’s website: http://bit.ly/gXMm6X