Hillary, Obama Extend "Most Admired" Streaks

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 4 2013 10:51 AM

Hillary Is America's "Most Admired" Woman and It's Not Even Close

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech 'Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality' at Dublin City University in Ireland on December 6, 2012

Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images.

Hillary Clinton tops Gallup's list of "most admired" women for the eleventh time in a row and 17th time overall. Over the past two decades the only other women to best her in the annual survey were Mother Teresa (twice: 1995 and 1996) and Laura Bush (once: 2001). In 2009, Sarah Palin came close to joining that list, falling one percentage point short of Clinton's 16 percent. Three years later Palin is still on the list, but with only 2 percent of the mentions.

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President Obama tops the men's division for the fifth time in a row. One of the most noteworthy changes from previous lists is the complete absence of business titans this time around. Last year's group included Warren Buffett, Donald Trump and Bill Gates.

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The simple question asked of respondents: 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?" The open-ended nature of the survey means that those men and women with the most name recognition have a clear advantage over their lesser-known counterparts.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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