Once Again, Obama and Clinton Are Most Admired
Gallup poll results also include Conn. teachers, US troops
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2012 9:31 AM CST
Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media before a meeting with his cabinet, Nov. 28, 2012, in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America for the 16th time since 1993, and President Obama is the most admired man for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. But it wasn't just familiar names for 2012: For the first time, "Connecticut teachers" were ranked on the list, along with "US troops."

Michelle Obama was the No. 2 most admired woman this year, grabbing the spot from Oprah Winfrey, who held it last year but slipped to No. 3 this year. Rounding out the top five women: Condoleezza Rice and, tied for fifth place, Sarah Palin, Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, and Malala Yousafzai. As for the men, Nelson Mandela came in at No. 2. Tying for No. 3: George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, and Pope Benedict XVI.

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Jan 1, 2013 6:19 PM CST
WHERE do they take these polls? Certaintly NOT in my neighborhood!
Dec 31, 2012 8:07 PM CST
BY "every" minority of "every" majority in America. --------- REALLY
Dec 31, 2012 3:43 PM CST
The admiration for these two is understandable. The president has shown great leadership in the guidance given to congress to stop us from going 16 Trillion dollars in debt, and preventing us from going over the "Fiscal Cliff". His knowledge of the constitution and the ability to impose a health care tax on the entire nation was pretty slick too. It was admirable the way Hillary and Barrack threw Susan Rice under the bus. She is a nobody without millions of dollars to back her up. AFP news sources, U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was killed by gunmen that stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday, was reportedly raped before being murdered. Susan and Christopher both received NOTHING and Barrack and Hillary are receiving praise from the media? I think the American public is getting the same treatment Christopher got before his death.