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Most Admired Man of the Year? A Tie Between 44, 45

Trump, Obama each get 18% of the vote
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2019 10:50 AM CST
President Trump walks with former President Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, prior to Obama's departure from Trump's inauguration.   (Jack Gruber/Pool Photo via AP)

(Newser) – In perhaps a sign of the times, two men tied for most admired man of the year in Gallup's 2019 poll: The current US president, Donald Trump, and the last one, Barack Obama. Eighteen percent of US adults voted for each one, with Trump getting the vote of 45% of Republicans, 10% of independents, and 2% of Democrats, and Obama getting the vote of 41% of Democrats, 12% of independents, and 3% of Republicans. They were way above the runners-up—no other man was named by more than 2% of all respondents.

Obama has taken the No. 1 spot a record 12 times (tying with Dwight Eisenhower, the only other former president to have gotten double-digit scores after leaving office), and has scored in the double digits all three years since leaving office. Trump, on the other hand, is in the No. 1 spot for the first time; as Gallup notes, he was politically unpopular in 2017 and 2018, but his current 45% job approval rating, among the highest he's seen, seemingly correlates with him getting his highest rating yet in the Gallup poll. Read on for the top 10 most admired women, plus the rest of the top 10 men.

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