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Obama, Clinton remain most admired in America

President Obama overwhelmingly remains the most admired man in America for the third year in a row. And, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to be viewed as the most admired woman for the ninth consecutive year.

These findings come for the new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll in which President Obama received 22 percent of the vote with former President George W. Bush coming in second place with just 5 percent, but he’s top with Republicans.

According to Gallup, sitting presidents have dominated the most admired man poll over the years. Since Gallup began asking the question in 1946, the president has achieved No. 1 status 52 out of 64 times.

Hillary Clinton continues to top the list of most admired women, making this her 15th No. 1 ranking since she first appeared in 1992. Sarah Palin was ranked second overall (one point ahead of Oprah Winfrey). And she was first with Republicans. First Lady Michelle Obama came in fourth overall. Interestingly enough, the order of the top six women this year is identical to those from the 2009 poll.

A few other notes from the most admired polls:
-Glenn Beck ties for sixth place with two religious leaders: Pope Benedict XVI and Billy Graham (in addition to Jimmy Carter)
-Three Bushes, two Obamas, and two Clintons made it in the Top 10
-Neither list contains an athlete or a current member of Congress
-Evangelist Billy Graham has continued to make the top 10 every year since 1955


Most admired man
1. Barack Obama
2. George W. Bush
3. Bill Clinton
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Bill Gates
6. (tied) Pope Benedict XVI
6. (tied) Billy Graham
8. (tied) Jimmy Carter
8. (tied) Glenn Beck
10. The Dalai Lama

Most admired woman
1. Hillary Clinton
2. Sarah Palin
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Michelle Obama
5. Condoleezza Rice
6. Queen Elizabeth
7. Angelina Jolie
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. (tied) Aung San Suu Kyi
9. (tied) Laura Bush
9. (tied) Barbara Bush

Source: USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,019 adults taken Dec. 10-12, 2010.