There’s something to be said for occupying the highest offices in the land: a lot of people respect you. The annual USA Today/Gallup Poll
, taken Dec. 15-18, shows President Barack Obama
is the most admired man in global politics, religion, entertainment, and culture. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman.
But there’s no way either of them — or anybody else, for that matter — ever will beat the staying power of the Rev. Billy Graham, who has a lock on the list, making it for the 65th straight year. The 93-year-old evangelist, mentioned by 2 percent of the participants, has made the top 10 every single time since Gallup began the poll in 1946.
Both Obama and Clinton earned 17 percent of the vote. Here’s a list of the top 10 for each gender.
Obama: 17 percent
Former President George W. Bush: 3 percent
Former President Bill Clinton: 2 percent
The Rev. Billy Graham: 2 percent
Investment legend Warren Buffett: 2 percent
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich: 1 percent
Real estate mogul Donald Trump: 1 percent
Pope Benedict XVI: 1 percent
Microsoft founder Bill Gates: 1 percent
Thomas Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1 percent
Obama replaced Bush at the top in 2008. Bush has made the list seven times, tying him with basketball icon Michael Jordan and the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow missed the top 10 by only one or two votes.
Clinton: 17 percent
TV personality Oprah Winfrey: 7 percent
First lady Michelle Obama: 5 percent
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 4 percent
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: 3 percent
Former first lady Laura Bush: 2 percent
Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: 2 percent
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres: 2 percent
Queen Elizabeth: 2 percent
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann: 2 percent
Clinton has occupied the top spot a record 16 times, beating out the late first lady Eleanor Roosevelt at 13.
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