Michelle Obama most admired woman, Donald Trump most admired man


Former first lady Michelle Obama was named the most admired woman in the U.S. for the third consecutive year according to Gallup polling released Tuesday, followed by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

In order, the top 10 most admired women in 2020 are:


  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Kamala Harris
  3. Melania Trump
  4. Oprah Winfrey
  5. Angela Merkel
  6. Hillary Clinton
  7. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  8. Queen Elizabeth II
  9. Amy Coney Barrett
  10. Greta Thunberg


The most admired man this year is President Donald Trump, followed by former President Barack Obama. The top 10 most admired men this year, according to Gallup, are:

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Joe Biden
  4. Dr. Anthony Fauci
  5. Pope Francis
  6. Elon Musk
  7. Bernie Sanders
  8. Bill Gates
  9. LeBron James
  10. Dalai Lama


Gallup has been asking these open-ended questions since 1946. In those years, these are those with the most top ten finishes: 

Most admired women:

  1. Queen Elizabeth II
  2. Margaret Thatcher
  3. Oprah Winfrey
  4. Hillary Clinton
  5. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  6. Mamie Eisenhower
  7. Barbara Bush
  8. Margaret Chase Smith
  9. Nancy Reagan
  10. Mother Teresa


Most admired men:

  1. Billy Graham
  2. Ronald Reagan
  3. Jimmy Carter
  4. Pope John Paul II
  5. Bill Clinton
  6. Bill Gates
  7. Dwight Eisenhower
  8. Richard Nixon
  9. George H.W. Bush
  10. Harry Truman


The bottom line, according to Gallup, is that “past, present and future White House occupants, whether presidents or first ladies, have figured prominently when Gallup has asked Americans to name the man and woman they admire most.” Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden are likely to remain strong contenders for the most admired man title in the coming years and Kamala Harris is likely to be a strong contender for the “most admired woman.”