Former President Barack Obama has been knocked from his pedestal once against by rival Donald Trump. President Trump ended Obama’s 12-year run as the most admired man in America according to Gallup’s annual survey. The survey showed that Trump edged out the former president by gaining eighteen percent of the vote compared to Obama’s fifteen percent.
The Hill reports:
The current U.S. president has been named the pollster’s most-admired man in 60 out of 74 years, including all eight years of Obama’s presidency and every year of George W. Bush’s presidency except for 2008. Trump had finished second to Obama in 2017 and 2018.
The 2020 rankings are the 10th time Trump has ranked among the top 10. Before entering the political sphere, he made the list in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2011. Biden made only his second appearance in the top 10 after making the list in 2018.
Among Republicans, 48 percent of respondents named Trump. No other public figure got more than 2 percent Republican support, according to Gallup. Among independents, both Obama and Trump received 11 percent support. Fauci was the choice of 5 percent of Democrats but 1 percent of Republicans.
The record holder for appearances in the top 10 is the late Rev. Billy Graham, who made the list 61 times before his 2018 death. Former President Carter, who has appeared on the list 29 times, is the most-represented living person.
The top ten on the list included Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the Dali Lama, Joe Biden, and Anthony Fauci.