The survey, which polled more than 1,000 American adults from December 4 to 11, found that 17 percent of respondents most admire Obama, compared to 14 percent who most admire Trump.
Each of those pairs had a closer result this year than they did in 2016. Obama landed the honor for the 10th time while Clinton has held on to the spot for 16 consecutive years, although the margin for winning was lower for both politicians than it has been in prior years, according to Gallup. The incumbent president is usually the victor, "since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country", Gallop stated in its news release.
In the 71 years Gallup has gathered information, the present president has won the best title 58 times. Nevertheless, Clinton retained enough support among the public to top every other woman on the list. She has also held the title 22 times, more than any other person, either man or woman.
Only one other man-another former president-has been this admired in Gallup's poll. Pope Francis took third place with 3% of respondents, and the rest of the top dozen men included politicians, religious figures and billionaires. Another 9 percent name a friend or relative as their most admired man, with 13 percent doing the same for most admired woman. Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt received the second highest number of wins with 13 nominations.