Extreme Division Stirs Over Controversial 'Most Admired Man and Woman' 2017 List

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December 27, 2017Dec 27, 2017

On Wednesday, Gallup released their annual "Most Admired Man and Woman" 2017 list. Every year, a survey is released that asks the following question: "What man/woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?"

In most previous years, the top spot for "Most Admired Man" has gone to the current U.S. president. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Harry Truman have all made multiple appearances as the top spot on the list. This year, however, the trend did not continue.

This year's "Most Admired Man" award did not go to President Trump, but rather his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. This is his tenth year in a row receiving the top spot. 

President Trump came in second on the list, losing to his predecessor by a mere 3%. According to Gallup, President Trump won among Republicans with 35% choosing him for the top spot. Only 1% of Republicans named Obama. 

However, 39% of Democrats chose former President Obama and only 3% chose President Trump. Independents leaned toward Obama with 12% choosing him and only 9% choosing the current president. 

President Obama is only the second former president to win the "Most Admired Man" award. The only other president to do so was Eisenhower in 1967 and 1968.

This was not the only controversy regarding this year's list, however. Hillary Clinton won "Most Admired Woman" of the year for the 22nd time, which is more than anyone else in Gallup's polling history. 

According to the site, Clinton's favorability rate is lower than it has been in over 15 years, and thus they do not know if she will continue to earn the top spot. However, they noted that the open-ended question causes only prominent figures to come to mind. Because of that, someone might admire another woman over Hillary Clinton but may only think of Clinton when the poll is released.

Below is the complete list of men and women:

Now, many people are looking to see how President Trump will react with his predecessor and political opponent as the man and woman in the top spots. Meanwhile, Twitter users have been battling over whether or not President Trump should have received the honor.

What do you think about this poll? Was it accurate? Let us know your thoughts. Despite opinions on the top spot, one good aspect of the poll was that Billy Graham received a record-breaking honor through it.

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