It’s not so shocking that Mr. Trump probably wouldn’t make most people’s lists of who they admire the most. YouGov released their list of the world’s most admired people in 2018 and one can see exactly where Trump ranked, but it wasn’t surprising that those who topped the list have done an amazing amount of good for the country and also the rest of the world.
Topping the list for most admired man and woman that people on our planet look up to are Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie.
Perhaps, though, one of the most telling things about the list is that former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama top the list at number two for men and women. According to YouGov:
‘This year, the study expanded to cover the views of people in 35 countries – the most ever – and means that YouGov interviewed more than 37,000 people to compile the list.’
The current president is ranked at number 17, which is 15 places below Barack Obama, which says a great deal about what people around the world think in terms what qualities a person needs to top the list. The most telling thing is that Obama ranked higher than Trump in all of the countries surveyed except for Russia. YouGov reported:
‘In fact, the last US president ranks higher than the incumbent in all countries surveyed bar one: Russia.’
Obama and Trump were also ranked among other countries in terms of who they admire the most. According to YouGov:
‘The results are calculated from the combination of responses to two questions – whether a respondent admires the figure at all and then whether they are the figure the respondent admires the most. Each nation’s results in the global compilation are also weighted to represent the country’s population size.’
The most admired women in the female top twenty are entertainers including actresses, singers, or TV presenters. However, the list of most admired men contains mostly political, business, and sporting figures. YouGov reported:
‘In the list of global-only figures Obama ranks first in 19 countries, compared to only 6 for Bill Gates. However, as the former president performs relatively poorly in populous countries like China (7th) and Russia (12th), Gates – who places in the top four in every country listed –scoops the top spot.’
Hillary Clinton made the list being ranked as the fourth most admired woman in the U.S. and fifth most admired woman in the world. First Lady Melania Trump tied White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the ninth most admired woman in the world.
In order to conduct the survey, YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panelists across 35 countries, asking them:
‘Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?’
From the results, a list of 20 men and 20 women was created. Additionally, ten extra popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries. According to YouGov:
‘Over the beginning of the year we then used the lists to poll each of the 35 countries asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the first graphic and table below, which shows the full results for every country including local celebrities and public figures.’
Check out the list:
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