Supplanting Clinton is former First Lady Michelle Obama, who is closing out her year on a high note with the success of her autobiography and now this poll victory. Obama had finished second to Clinton three previous times, but won top honors this year by what was deemed a “significant” margin. Oprah Winfrey was second.
Gallup’s annual survey, conducted Dec. 3-12 this year, asked in an open-ended question for Americans to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world today whom they admire most. Gallup first asked the question in 1946 and has done so every year since, except 1976.
The Obama family also had another winner in the poll,