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Michelle Obama Is the Most Admired Woman in America



A new Gallup Poll was just released for the most admired woman in America for 2018. For the past 17 years, Hillary Clinton was Queen. This year was different. Stealing the title was former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Since 1946, with the exception of 1776, the Gallup Poll has asked random people to “name any man or woman who is alive today whom they admire the most.” The person can be anywhere in the world. Between December 3-12, 1,025 Americans were interviewed by phone.

Fifteen percent named Obama who is presently on a worldwide tour, selling out stadiums and theaters promoting her best selling book “Becoming,” which hit the shelves on Nov. 13, 2018. The book sold over 2 million copies in North America alone in the first 15 days of its release.

Presently in its sixth printing, in the United States and Canada, the book has sold an astonishing  3-4 million copies. “Becoming” became the best selling book of 2018 and was published in 31 different languages. Showing no signs of slowing down the book became a No. 1 best seller in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Greece.

“Becoming” topped the coveted New York Times bestseller list for two weeks, and topped the bestseller lists from USA Today and Publishers Weekly.

Additionally, Obama’s book crushed the sales of any other recent political figure’s biography.  Hillary Clinton’s book “Living History” took one month to sell 1 million copies. Bill Clinton’s book “My Life,” while hitting 1 million copies quickly, slowed down considerably to sell 2 million. George W. Bush’s book “Decision Points” released in 2010 took several weeks to sell 2 million copies.

Another woman on the poll was Oprah Winfrey who came in second with 5 percent of the votes. Winfrey has come in second on 14 occasions, but she never hit number one.

The former Secretary of State tied with Melania Trump taking the third and fourth spot scoring 4 percent. Rounding out the list was Queen Elizabeth and German Counselor Angela Merkel, each garnering 2 percent. Ellen DeGeneres came in last at 1 percent.

Both Winfrey and Clinton have appeared in the poll numerous times; 31 and 27 years respectively.

Keeping it in the family, Obama’s husband, former President Barack Obama, took the most admired man award. He took the spot by 19 percent and has held that spot for the past 11 years. If Obama wins the spot again in 2019, he will hold the record for having the most years as the most admired man tying with former President Dwight Eisenhower.

The year 2018 marks the 13th time an incumbent president, Donald Trump, did not hit number one on the poll. If Trump does not hit the top spot during his presidency he and Gerald Ford will be the only presidents who were not chosen the most admired male while in the White House.

President Trump placed second for a fourth year, scoring 13 percent of the votes. Former President George W. Bush and Pope Francis tied for third with 2 percent of the votes. Microsoft owner and philanthropist Bill Gates came in fourth with 1 percent of the votes.

Thirty-two percent of those who identified themselves Republican named Trump and 35 percent of Democrats named Barack Obama. Seven percent of Republicans asked were more likely to name Obama while 1 percent of Democrats would name Trump.

Two men who were regularly on the list who passed away in 2018 were noticeably absent, Senator John McCain and Reverend Billy Graham. The Gallup Poll has a margin of error of plus or minus for percentage points.

Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


NBC News: Michelle Obama voted most admired woman, bumps Hillary Clinton from top spot: Gallup
Yahoo News: Michelle Obama displaces Clinton as ‘most admired’ woman
BBC News: Michelle Obama takes ‘most admired woman’ title from Hillary Clinton
CNBC: Michelle Obama wins America ‘s ‘Most Admired Woman’ Gallup Poll
Fortune: Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Is the Best-Selling Book of 2018

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