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'Most admired' list: Gingrich up, Palin down; Obama, Clinton still No. 1

For two years running, President Obama is the man Americans most admire, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is again the most-admired woman, a new Gallup survey shows. But the public’s views of other politicians shifted noticeably in 2011.

By Dave CookStaff writer / December 28, 2011

Barack Obama is still the man Americans most admire, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is again the most-admired woman. Here, Obama is seen on Aug. 28, 2008, during his first presidential run.

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While nearly 48 percent of voters disapprove of Barack Obama’s performance as president, Americans say Mr. Obama is the man they most admire, according to a Gallup survey. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most admired woman.

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President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s rankings atop the men’s and women’s "most admired" lists did not change in the 2011 edition of the annual Gallup poll. But the public’s views of other politicians did shift noticeably. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2008, fell from second place, a spot she has held for the past three years, to fourth place in 2011.      

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann made her first appearance on the list, in the No. 10 spot. The women’s list in order is Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Ms. Palin, Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Ellen DeGenres, Queen Elizabeth II, and Congresswoman Bachmann.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the only other 2012 Republican presidential candidate to appear on the list, in sixth place. It marks the first time he has made the most admired list since 1995, his only other appearance. The men’s most admired list in order is Mr. Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, the Rev. Billy Graham, Warren Buffett, Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Pope Benedict XVI, Bill Gates, and Mormon Church President Thomas Monson.

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