Gallup’s annual year-end poll identifying Americans’ most admired people did not contain many surprises except for maybe Glenn Beck being more admired than the Dalai Lama or that Sarah Palin is admired more than Michelle Obama, Queen Elizabeth and Angelina Jolie COMBINED.
President Barack Obama is Americans’ Most Admired Man of 2010, substantially ahead of the former presidents, iconic religious leaders, and others who fill out the top 10 list. Sitting presidents have dominated Gallup’s Most Admired Man poll over the years, achieving No. 1 in 52 out of 64 measures since Gallup initiated the question in 1946.
Hillary Clinton is the Most Admired Woman this year, her ninth consecutive year at No. 1. In fact, the order of the top six women named in 2010 is identical to 2009, with Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Elizabeth following Clinton. Queen Elizabeth makes her 43rd appearance in the top 10, the record for any woman. Winfrey enjoys both high ranking and longevity on the list, ranking second or third each year since 1997 (although never No. 1), and placing in the top 10 every year since 1988.