The liberal media’s love affair with the Obamas has continued long after their departure from the White House, and the incessant promotion of the former first couple has been reflected in a recent poll measuring which notable figures survey participants held in the highest esteem.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama was the clear number one on Gallup’s 2019 list of “most admired” women in the world, while former President Barack Obama had to settle for a tie at the top of the category of “most admired” man alive, The Hill reported.
Michelle Obama earned 10% of a write-in vote for the survey and held a solid lead over the person taking second place in the poll, current First Lady Melania Trump, who received 5% of the vote.
Meanwhile, former President Obama was tied for first place with current President Donald Trump as the “most admired” man in the world, with both men receiving 18% of the vote.
Those numbers come from the Gallup polling firm, which has queried the public on the most admired man and woman alive in the world since 1948.
This is the second year in a row that Michelle Obama has been named the “most admired” woman in the Gallup poll, and she carries on a trend of former first ladies routinely appearing in the survey’s top 10.
It is worth noting, however, that the 10% she received this year is down from the 15% vote total she garnered in the 2018 survey.
As noted, Melania Trump finished in second place in the poll, and the top five was rounded out by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and climate change activist Greta Thunberg, with those three each earning 3% of the vote.
It must also be pointed out that Clinton’s fourth-place position is a change from her long run in the top spot on the list that lasted from 2002 to 2017, when she was usurped by Obama for the first time.
Six other women appear tied to fill out the remainder of the top 10, including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Again, as for the male portion of the survey, both Presidents Obama and Trump tied for first place with 18% support. This was Obama’s 12th consecutive year in the top spot and the first time ever that Trump achieved the honor.
Rounding out the top 10 for the men — none of whom earned more than 2% of the vote — were: former President Jimmy Carter, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Dalai Lama, and billionaire investor Warren Buffet.