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Trump ties Obama as most admired in nation

President Donald Trump has tied former President Barack Obama as most admired. The new Gallup poll has shocked many Democrats and media commentators after three years of 90% negative news coverage of Trump.

Each year since 1948, Gallup has asked Americans to name, in an open-ended fashion, which man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most. This year’s results are based on a Dec. 2-15 poll.

Americans’ choice for most admired man this year is sharply divided along party lines: 41% of Democrats name Obama, while 45% of Republicans choose Trump. Relatively few Democrats choose Trump and relatively few Republicans pick Obama, while independents’ choices are divided about equally between the two men, according to Gallup.

The news comes as Trump has received high job approval numbers and is now more popular than most past presidents at the same time of their presidencies. The news has also shocked many liberal news commentators, coming just a week after the U.S. House impeached Trump in a party-line vote with no Republicans voting yes.

Trump is more popular now than he was in the past two years. Coincident with the rise in his job approval rating, the 18% of Americans currently naming Trump as the most admired man is also up, from 13% in 2018 and 14% in 2017.


Most Admired Man, 2019, Overall and by Party
What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?


U.S. adultsDemocratsIndependentsRepublicans
Barack Obama1841123
Donald Trump1821045

Gallup listed others in the top six saying, “After Obama and Trump, no other man was mentioned by more than 2% of respondents.”

Many conservatives pointed out the surprise poll and the negative media Trump has received.

The remainder of the top 6 for men this year includes former President Jimmy Carter, businessman Elon Musk, philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Pope Francis.

–Metro Voice Staff