President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have tied for the title of Americans’ most admired man, according to Gallup’s annual survey — marking the first time Trump has achieved the distinction and the 12th consecutive first-place showing for Obama.
The percentage of people naming Trump in the annual survey marked an increase from 13 percent in 2018 and 14 percent in 2017. That increase comes despite all the controversies surrounding Trump this year, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and impeachment.
Yet, as Gallup points out, Trump receiving the top slot is in line with his increased popularity, considering he now has a 45 percent job approval rating, an increase from 40 percent in 2018 and 36 percent in 2017.
The results of the poll, conducted Dec. 2-15, were split sharply along party lines, with 45 percent of Republicans selecting Trump for the honor and 41 percent of Democrats opting for Obama.
When it comes to women, former First Lady Michelle Obama was named Most Admired Woman of the Year for the second straight year, eclipsing the current First Lady, Melania Trump, by a margin of 10 percent to 5 percent, followed by Oprah Winfrey and Greta Thunberg, each of whom were named the most admired woman by 3 percent of Americans.
The survey is open-ended, meaning respondents can write any name they want. That resulted in a significant number of people—11 percent—writing down the name of a family member or friend. No other man received more than 2 percent support.