Looks like no one will be questioning President Obama or Hillary Clinton's popularity again anytime soon. Gallup's completely unsurprising annual admiration survey, when the pollsters ask 1,000 or so Americans who they look up to the most and everyone pretends to be surprised when the top spots don't go to people from other countries, is completely unsurprising once more: The results are in, and when asked to name a man, 30% of Americans named Obama; when asked to name a woman, 21% named Clinton. While those numbers may not look high, they're the highest percentage recorded by Gallup among responses naming a discrete person. (Instead of, say, "my mom," or "my first grade math teacher" or "myself.")
Here's the full tally:
As per usual in the year-end Gallup poll (they've been doing this thing since 1946), the admiration list is made up largely of Western politicians, American celebrities, British royalty, and various world-historical figures like the Pope and, you know, Ron Paul. Tying Sarah Palin, the Queen of England, and Margaret Thatcher, however, is Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head in October by gunman working for the Taliban. And tying Kate Middleton is Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese politician and Nobel Peace Prize awardee who served fifteen years of house arrest after winning Burma's general election in 1990.
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