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.
Obama and Crazypants tied?!? I bet there’s some “meddling” to be uncovered here on Trump’s part. It’s just not believable that any significant number of people admire Trump at all. Trump and Obama tied for 'most admired man' in 2019, according to new poll https://t.co/TAsYP1eQEq
— Grishmonger (@eloiseat6) December 30, 2019
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.
Putin probably fixed this poll. https://t.co/doNOoeUqdw
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) December 30, 2019
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.
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.
How can this be with Obama getting 100% positive media coverage and Trump 100% negative. Must be his successes: https://t.co/KCiOmXhBdg
— CalThomas (@CalThomas) December 30, 2019
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