Washington (AFP). The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, and the current president, Donald Trump, tied for first place in the most admired men in the United States. This ranking, conducted annually by the consultant Gallup, determined that Michelle Obama is the most admired woman and placed Melania Trump in second place.
As detailed by AFP, this is the first time Trump has held this position. Gallup asks Americans since 1948 who are the man and woman they most admire in the world.
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This year, the most mentioned were Trump and Obama, with 18% each.
Trump, more popular now than in the last two years, with a 45% approval rating, rose in terms of admiration compared to 2018 (13%) and 2017 (14%).
The percentage of Obama did not change much compared to 2018 (19%) and 2017 (17%), Gallup said, underlining that these figures are high for a former president.
The group of the 10 men most admired by Americans is completed with former President Jimmy Carter, businessman Elon Musk, philanthropist and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Democratic legislator Adam Schiff, the Dalai Lama and the investor Warren Buffett. None of the eight achieved, however, more than 2%.
Michelle Obama was the woman preferred by those consulted with 10%, down from 15% in 2018.
Among the most admired women are the current first lady, Melania Trump (second with 5%), TV star Oprah Winfrey, former presidential candidate and former lady Hillary Clinton and teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg (each one with 3%).
The rest of the 10 include Queen Elizabeth II of England (in this select group for the 51st time), the president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, the progressive judge of the Supreme Court of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Presidential senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
The deep partisan division in the United States was also reflected in this survey: 45% of Republicans elected Trump and 41% elected Obama. Among women, the gap was seen, but not as marked: Michelle Obama was elected by 23% of Democrats, while Melania Trump was the most popular among Republicans, with 11%.