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Is former President Barack Obama really the most admired man in the world?

Screenshot from ABC7 News - SF Bay Area's YouTube video: Barack Obama remains 'most admired man in the world'

For the 10th straight year, former President Barack Obama has been at the top of Gallup’s most admired men poll. He narrowly beat out President Trump for the top spot. Former President Obama got 17 percent of the vote compared to President Trump’s 14 percent. Others receiving votes were Pope Francis, John McCain, Billy Graham, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama.

It is the first time since 2008 that the sitting president did not take the top spot. According to Time, “Trump’s unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote. “The incumbent president is the usual winner, 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.” With the results of Gallup’s poll, a question comes to mind. Is former President Barack Obama the most admired man in world?

ABC7 News – SF Bay Area covering former President Obama being the most admired man:

The Issue

Is former President Barack Obama the most admired man in the world? Is former President Obama the obvious choice for that distinction? Or, is the Gallup poll wrong, just as it was in the 2016 election?

Page 2: Arguments that Obama is the most admired man

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Written by Darren Silverman