President Obama, Hillary Clinton named most admired people of the year in Gallup poll

Fiscal cliff and medical issues aside, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each have something to celebrate at the end of 2012. The leaders were named ‘Most Admired Man of the Year’ and ‘Most Admired Woman of the Year,’ respectively, in a Gallup poll.

Clinton, who was mentioned by 21 percent of those polled, has taken the title for 11 straight years, and 17 years total. She was followed by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice and Sarah Palin. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton also made the list.

Obama, mentioned by 30 percent of those polled, nabbed the honor for the fifth consecutive year. Nelson Mandela took the second spot, followed by Mitt Romney, the Rev. Billy Graham and former President George W. Bush. Former President Bill Clinton also grabbed a spot, while Rep. Ron Paul, former President George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain tied for ninth on the list.

The poll is open-ended, meaning those polled can select whomever they want instead of choosing from a predetermined list of candidates. The poll was conducted Dec. 19–22 and asked Americans to name “the man and the woman they most admire living in any part of the world.” The annual poll from most admired man was begun in 1946 and was joined with most admired woman in 1948

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