The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in the U.S. has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a Pakistani, a talk-show host and a plethora of politicians.
Despite the healthcare drama, President Obama held on to the top spot on the list of most admired men for the sixth year in a row. Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton was first among the most admired women -- her record-setting 18th (count 'em) time on the list.
Pope Francis, whose popularity soared in 2013 amid anecdotes of his selflessness and frugality, tied for second with George W. Bush on the men's list. Still, the pope and the former president lagged far behind Obama, picked by 4% compared with 16% for Obama.
Nelson Mandela actually beat out Bush and Francis. The survey was conducted Dec. 5-8, and Mandela died on the 5th. The former South African leader was named by 7% in the poll, but because the survey is limited to the living, he was excluded.
Clinton has been named the most admired woman for the last 12 years in a row, according to Gallup. Her 18 appearances on the list are more than any other woman in Gallup's history, although her total of 15% this year is down from 21% in 2012 and her lowest since 2006.
This was Obama's sixth year as most admired man, but he has a long way to go when it comes to the most top-10 finishes among men. The Rev. Billy Graham reigns supreme with 57. Queen Elizabeth II (10th on this year's list) holds the record for top-10 finishes among women, with 46.
Only one actor (Clint Eastwood) and one actress (Angelina Jolie) made the 2013 list.
Here are the top men: Obama, 16%; Bush, 4%; Pope Francis, 4%; Bill Clinton, 2%; Graham, 2%; Bill Gates, 1%; Eastwood, 1%; Ron Paul, 1%; Ted Cruz, 1%; Mitt Romney, 1%; Jimmy Carter, 1%.
The top women: Hillary Clinton, 15%; Oprah Winfrey, 6%; Michelle Obama, 5%; Sarah Palin, 5%; Malala Yousafzai, 2%; Condoleezza Rice, 2%; Angela Merkel, 1%; Angelina Jolie, 1%; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, 1%; Queen Elizabeth II, 1%.
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