It was announced Wednesday that Hillary Clinton was named by Gallup as this year’s most admired woman. This is Clinton’s 15th consecutive year winning the distinction and her 21st time overall. Clinton has won every year since her initial win when she was the first lady in 1993, with the exceptions of 1995, 1996, and 2001. The woman with the second highest number of No. 1 finishes is Eleanor Roosevelt, who won the distinction 13 times.
— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) December 28, 2016
This year, Clinton came in first among a number of admired women from around the world, including first lady Michelle Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Elizabeth, Malala Yousafzai, Condoleezza Rice, Elizabeth Warren, and Sarah Palin.
Although Clinton holds the record for most No. 1 finishes, several other women have placed in the top 10 more frequently. Queen Elizabeth, for example, has been named in the top 10 48 times, while Oprah Winfrey has been named 29 times. Clinton comes in fifth for number of top 10 finishes with 25.
Twenty-six percent of Democrats polled chose Clinton as the woman they admire most, while 18 percent named Michelle Obama, who came in second behind Clinton. There was not as clear of a consensus among Republicans. Five percent of Republicans named Queen Elizabeth, 4 percent each named Clinton and DeGeneres, and 3 percent each named Rice and Palin.
Clinton’s record for winning the Most Admired Woman title is certainly impressive, and many have praised her victory on Twitter.
Obama, most admired man in 2016; Hillary Clinton, most admired woman; and, yes, Hillary won the pop vote by 2.9 mil. https://t.co/rG1eaCdCYu
— Erik Larson (@exlarson) December 28, 2016
— Latinos for Hillary (@ForHillary) December 28, 2016
Congrats to @HillaryClinton for AGAIN being chosen as Most Admired Woman. Now the Most Admired Woman for 21 years!!
— UniteWomenOrg® (@UniteWomenOrg) December 28, 2016
— Sergio Grant (@sgrant525) December 28, 2016
Both Clinton and President Obama fared better than Donald Trump in this year’s Gallup poll. President Obama was named the country most admired man, while Trump came in second.
Clinton has kept a relatively low profile since she lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. This distinction, though, seems to stand as proof that plenty of Americans are still supportive of Clinton, despite her loss.
Oh, look! Obama edged Donald Trump out for Most Admired Man in 2016. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is the Most Admired Woman for the 21st time.
— Kara Calavera (@KaraCalavera) December 28, 2016
Gallup predicts that Clinton’s lead will continue in coming years as well, as former first ladies have a long history of winning the title over other women. Clinton’s chances also improve due to the fact that, in the coming years, she will be working in a “less overt political role.” Clinton’s favorable ratings were higher during her time as first lady and secretary of state, while they decreased significantly during her two presidential campaigns.
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