Michelle Obama dethrones Hillary Clinton as 'Most Admired Woman' in new poll

Michelle Obama. Image via Getty Images.
Michelle Obama. Image via Getty Images.

For the first time in seventeen years, a woman other than Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman by Americans.

Former first lady Michelle Obama took the top spot in Gallup’s annual poll earning 15 per cent of the votes; a considerable lead over Oprah Winfrey and Clinton who rounded out the top three with 5 and 4 per cent respectively.

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The 54-year-old lawyer and author is currently on tour to promote her memoir, “Becoming,” which has sold a record-breaking three million copies in its first month alone.

Barack and Michelle Obama. Image via Getty Images.
Barack and Michelle Obama. Image via Getty Images.

Although she slipped to third place, Clinton has taken the title a total 22 times and has appeared in the top ten 27 times.

Since 1946, Gallup has asked Americans each year to name the man and woman living in the world today whom they admire most.

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Former U.S president Barack Obama took the title as the “Most Admired Man” with 19 per cent of votes, followed by President Donald Trump at 13 per cent.

Obama has taken first place in the annual poll eleven times and marks the first time in 72 years that the incumbent president of the United States did not take the top spot.

Most Admired Woman of 2018

  1. Michelle Obama 15%

  2. Oprah Winfrey 5%

  3. Hillary Clinton 4%

  4. Melania Trump 4%

  5. Queen Elizabeth 2%

  6. Angela Merkel 2%

  7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2%

  8. Ellen DeGeneres 2%

  9. Nikki Haley 1%

  10. Malala Yousafzai 1%

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Most Admired Man of 2018

  1. Barack Obama . 19%

  2. Donald Trump 13%

  3. George W. Bush 2%

  4. Pope Francis 2%

  5. Bill Gates 1%

  6. Bernie Sanders 1%

  7. Bill Clinton 1%

  8. Dalai Lama 1%

  9. Joe Biden 1%

  10. Elon Musk 1%

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