Obama, Clinton Keep 'Most Admired' Crowns
Though Obama's number has declined substantially
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets President Barack Obama following a state of the union address, Jan. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – President Obama and Hillary Clinton may still be the most admired man and woman in America, respectively, but 2013 took a huge chunk out of the public's esteem for both of them, a new Gallup poll suggests. Obama won by a huge margin, with 16% of respondents naming him their most admired person, well ahead of Pope Francis and George W. Bush, who tied for second with 4%. But that's nearly half the 30% he had last year.

Clinton, meanwhile, retained her title with 15%, over Oprah Winfrey (6%), Michelle Obama (5%) and Sarah Palin (5%). That wasn't as drastic a dip as Obama, but it was still a dip—Clinton had 21% last year. Obama and Clinton have long had a stranglehold on the annual poll, with both winning comfortably every single year since they faced off in 2008, and Clinton's streak extending long before even that.