Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton remain most admired in the US

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.

That makes him second only to former president Dwight Eisenhower.

Seventeen per cent of the Americans who polled said Obama was the man they admired most, down from 22 per cent past year.

Others receiving votes as most admired man this year include Pope Francis, Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama.

Michelle Obama retained her second-place finish-the second in a row for the former first lady.

It's a rare result, since, for the most part, Americans will name the current president as Most Admired Man.

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Gallup has been asking about the most admired man since 1946 and the most admired woman since 1948.

The poll found another dark spot for one of America's most prominent political families: former President Bill Clinton, who topped the list while in office from 1993 to 2000, fell out of the top 10 for the first time in more than 25 years.

Obama, who likewise held the title each time of his administration and the year he was chosen, beat out president Donald Trump this year, 17% to 14%.

The 2017 survey marks the 16th straight year Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman in Gallup's poll. With 10 wins, Obama comes in second place for the man with the most "Most Admired" wins. "The incumbent president has won 58 of those times". Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating.

Gallup's poll of 1,049 US adults was taken from December 4 to December 11, 2017, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points. She has also held the title 22 times, more than any other person, either man or woman. "She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders".

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