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Former First Lady Michelle Obama Is The 'Most Admired Woman' In America

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Is The 'Most Admired Woman' In America

Obama earned 10 percent of the write-in vote, followed by current first lady Melania Trump, who was the "most admired" for five percent, according to Gallup.

Throughout the history of the Gallup polls, it has been more common for a former first lady to win the 'most admired woman' title, than for a former president to be the 'most admired man'. Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama is now the 'most admired woman' in the U.S for 2019, according to the latest Gallup poll. Obama earned 10% of the write-in vote, followed by current first lady Melania Trump, who was the 'most admired' for five percent. 



 

 

This was Michelle's second year running at the top of the annual Gallup polls. The former FLOTUS got 15% of the vote last year. Earlier this year, in July, a YouGov poll named her most admired woman in the world. She beat Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and even Queen Elizabeth II for the top spot.



 

 

The Gallup polls of 2019 came after Michelle went on her global book tour to promote her best-selling memoir, Becoming. The memoir, which was published in November 2018, has sold more copies than any other book published did the United States that year. Obama was also consistently more popular in polls compared to her husband, former President Obama, while he was in office, according to The Washington Post.



 

 

Following Michelle came current first lady Melania Trump in second place, finishing with five percent of vote mentions. After that came former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, and teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who were all voted for by three percent of U.S adults each. The rest of the top 10 list included Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. 



 

 

Gallup noted that this was the 51st time in their polling history that Queen Elizabeth II managed to finish in the top 10, more than any other woman. Following Her Majesty is Oprah, who has made it 32 times, and Clinton on her 28th selection. They also reported that the Reverend Billy Graham had the most top 10 finishes for either gender: with a total of 61 between 1955 and 2017 before his demise last year. 



 

 

Up to 16% of U.S adults said that they admire a female relative or friend most, while 21% mentioned other women (outside the top 10) with 27% of people not having an opinion. As with the most admired man list, the partisan divide in the votes is apparent. Michelle Obama was the prime choice of 23% of Democrats, seven percent of independents, with two percent of Republicans, and Melania Trump getting the most out of the GOP with 11%. 

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