Obama Beats Bush, Hillary Tops Oprah

That job approval may be sagging.

Yet many Americans still hold a lot of admiration for the president of the United States — more so than for any other man, according to Gallup’s annual measure of public admiration.

For the sixth year running, Barack Obama is mentioned more than anyone else by most Americans as the most admired man.

Now, it’s a mere 16 percent of those surveyed who named the commander-in-chief in this annual survey, asking Americans in an open-ended format to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most. And that is down from the 30 percent who named Obama as the most admired man in Gallup’s 2012 survey.

Yet the runner-up wasn’t even close: Former President George  W. Bush, at 4 percent.

Hillary Clinton, former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state, holds a standing roughly equivalent to Obama’s in the category of most admired woman — chosen by 15 percent.

TV’s Oprah Winfrey came in second, at 6 percent.

And first lady Michelle Obama tied with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for No. 3, at 5 percent.

Pope Francis may be Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” yet he’s tied with Bush at 4 percent in the most admired-man category.

Three Bills: Bill Clinton, Billy Graham and Bill Gates, trail the pope.

The survey was conducted Dec. 5-8.

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