Former first lady Michelle Obama has been picked as the woman who is most admired by Americans, toppling another former first lady, Hillary Clinton, from the top spot she held for 17 years, a new Gallup poll released Thursday showed.
Obama, who has been promoting her memoir "Becoming" was picked by 15 percent of Americans, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Clinton, and current first lady Melania Trump.
Clinton's record at the top will likely stand for some time, however. She has appeared in the top 10 of the list 27 times, and as the most admired woman 22 times, including when Obama finished second to her three times.
The first two times Clinton finished as most admired was in 1993 and 1994, in the first two terms of husband Bill's presidency. She also topped the list in 1997 through 2000, and returned to the top of the list from 2002-2017, when she was, at different times, a presidential candidate, a senator, and secretary of state.
Queen Elizabeth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rounded off the top 10.
Gallup has been asking about the most admired woman since 1946, and this year held its annual survey between Dec. 3-12.
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