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Obama, Clinton most admired man, woman

Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Americans named President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the most admired man and woman alive, a Gallup survey indicated.

Clinton is the Most Admired Woman for the 11th year in a row, while Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years running, results of a USA Today-Gallup poll released Monday indicated.

First lady Michelle Obama, television daytime host Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list. Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, evangelist Billy Graham, former President George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man.

Clinton's first-place finish this year solidifies her position as the most-often named Most Admired Woman in Gallup's history, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said. She has topped the list 17 times going back to her first year as first lady in 1993. Leading the Most Admired Man list with 12 first-place finishes is former President Dwight Eisenhower, followed by former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton with eight first-place finishes each.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,038 adults conducted Dec. 19-22. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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