More Americans say they admire President Barack Obama than any other man in the world, according to Gallup's annual survey, beating out President-elect Donald Trump to top the list for the ninth consecutive year.
Obama was the top choice of 22 percent of respondents, his best mark since 2012, when 30 percent of Americans polled named him the man they most admired. Trump, in second place, was most admired by 15 percent of Americans, up from 5 percent last year.
Hillary Clinton topped the list with 12 percent naming her the woman they admire most in the world, the 15th consecutive winning year and a record 21st time since she first won the honor as first lady in 1993. She was followed by first lady Michelle Obama, with 8 percent identifying her as their most admired woman.
Sitting presidents often win the 70-year-old poll; since Gallup first asked Americans in 1946 who they most admire, the incumbent commander-in-chief failed to win only 12 times. Obama is one of just two presidents to top the list the year they were first elected and before they took office (Dwight Eisenhower was the other in 1952).
Rounding out the top 10 most-admired men are Pope Francis with 4 percent, independent Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with 2 percent, and tied with 1 percent each are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, retired pediatric neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, physicist Stephen Hawking, financier and philanthropist Warren Buffett and Vice President Joe Biden.
Eight percent named a friend or relative, a larger number than any man other than Obama and Trump. More people – 12 percent – said the woman they most admired is a friend or relative, the same percentage as named Hillary Clinton.
In fact, 12 percent is Clinton's lowest mark since 2002, when she was serving as senator from New York and was the top choice of just 7 percent of Americans.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Oprah Winfrey each received 3 percent of the vote, while television host Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Elizabeth, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice garnered 2 percent each. Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, country star Dolly Parton and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, rounded out the top 10 with 1 percent each.
The poll was based on cellphone and landline telephone interviews conducted Dec. 7-11, 2016, with a random sample of 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.