Former US President Barack Obama won for the tenth consecutive year the status of “man most admired” by Americans, to be imposed on this occasion to the current president, Donald Trump, who came second, according to the annual survey published today by Gallup.

17% of respondents opted for the first black president in the history of the country, although he lost five percentage points with respect to his last year in the White House.

Trump was 3 points behind Obama in the survey that asks Americans each year about the most admired men and women for them, the company said in a statement.

In third place, though far away, was Pope Francis, ahead of Reverend Billy Graham, Republican senator and presidential candidate John McCain and executive director of the Tesla car company, Elon Musk.

In the women’s classification, the winner was for the sixteenth consecutive time Hillary Clinton, who has achieved that recognition 22 times, with the support of 9% of the interviewees.

Trump’s rival in the 2016 presidential election, however, achieved the lowest score since 2002, and only managed a one-point lead against US first lady Michelle Obama.

The current first lady of the USA, Melania Trump, and prominent figures from the international sphere such as the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, have also come into play.

The survey, which is being prepared since 1946 – except in 1976 – is a result of 1,049 telephone interviews between December 4 and 11, and has a margin of error of four percentage points.


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