As for some extra salt on the statistical slight, Trump's polarizing presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, remained the most admired woman for the 16th straight year. She has claimed the title 22 times, more than anyone else. Pope Francis took third place with 3 percent of respondents, and the rest of the top dozen men included politicians, religious figures and billionaires.
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"Clinton's and Obama's standings this year are more tenuous than in the past", Gallup reported. President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE followed close behind, with 14 percent.
Gallup's December poll, published Wednesday, found 17 percent of respondents named Obama the man they admired most, a dip from 22 percent of respondents saying the same previous year. But Trump's unpopularity kept him from the top spot, by a margin of 3 percent.
Obama has earned the distinction as the most admired man 10 times, coming in second to 12-time victor, former president Dwight Eisenhower.
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Only one other man-another former president-has been this admired in Gallup's poll. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over".
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"The incumbent president is the usual victor, since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country - but when the president is unpopular, other well-known and well-liked men have been able to finish first", Gallup writes. "Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times".
The consulting company released its results on Wednesday after interviewing a random sample of 1,049 adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She garnered 7 percent of the vote to Clinton's 9 percent.
Clinton "remains arguably more prominent than other contenders", Jones wrote in a blog post announcing the findings.