Donald Trump and Pope Francis Tied for Second Most Admired Men in Gallup’s Top 10.
The most admired woman and man in the world, as per Gallup Poll's Most Admired List, among Americans are Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, and President Barack Obama. However, what is noticeable, even shocking, is the people populating the second spot. Pope Francis and Donald Trump took joint positions for the first time. The gap between the first and second positions is huge, with Obama taking 17 percent of vote and Trump with the Pope together scooping up five percent.
Gallup stated that Trump's frequently controversial but robust presidential campaign has catapulted him to a prominent public persona always in the news, and this enjoy a higher recall value among a large number of Americans. It is not the first time Trump has caught the public eye. The businessperson has earlier ended in top 10 lists four other times- 1988 to 1990 and 2011.
The Gallup poll was conducted telephonically within the December 2 to December 6 time span. The respondents were made of a random sample consisting of 824 adults. The minimum age was 18 years and scattered all over 50 American states. The confidence level of this survey is 95 percent and the sampling error is calculated to be +/- 4 percentage points.
The men who made it into the Top 10 List of Most Admired include three presidents- Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Three present presidential candidates- Trump, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders- also made the list. Invariably, a smattering of spiritual and religious leaders also made the list- the Dalai Lama, Billy Graham and Pope- makes the list.
When it comes to women, the most admired are a mix of human rights leaders, political figures and television personalities. Hilary Clinton holds apex position in the list. In politics, she is followed by Carly Fiorina, the presidential candidate in 2016, Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts and Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska. The list of Human Rights leaders includes Myanmar's Aung San Suu Ki and Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai. Television personalities Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey makes the cut. The leading women in ceremonial positions include Michelle Obama and England's Queen Elizabeth I. Clinton lead in such polls as usual- this being here for the 14th time.
When it comes to making the top 10, getting a Nobel Prize goes a long way. Malala Yousufzai got five percent of total votes. Clinton received 13 percent.