Clinton, former first lady, senator and secretary of state, has, in fact, been on top of the list for 17 of the past 18 years, losing out to Laura Bush in 2001 immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Clinton has topped the list a total of 19 times, seven times more than Eleanor Roosevelt.
Obama has been the most admired man throughout his presidency. This year, he was the choice of 19 percent of respondents.
While Clinton was chosen by 12 percent of those polled by the Gallup Organization, 8 percent selected Oprah Winfrey, who in recent years has had a lock on the No. 2 spot. Clinton’s lead was the smallest since 2007, when she was only 2 percentage points ahead of Winfrey.