Michelle Obama Beats Hillary Clinton To Become 'Most Admired Woman In America'

Move over, Hillary Clinton - the former president's wife reign as 'Most Admired Woman in America' is over. The top spot has now been taken up by, well, another former president's wife: Michelle Obama.

Former presidential candidate Hillary has been stripped of her 17-year run at the top of the annual Gallup Poll, coming in at only third place with 4 percent of the vote - Michelle took 15 percent of the vote, followed by Oprah Winfrey with five percent.

Although the poll compiles results from the US, the UK's own Queen Elizabeth II finished in the top ten with two percent of the vote - Liz keeping the Brits in the running for the 50th year in a row.

Meanwhile, Michelle's husband, former US president Barack Obama held on to the title of 'Most Admired Man in America' for the 11th year in a row - and if he stays at the top of the poll for a 12th time at the end of 2019, that'll tie him nicely with former president Dwight Eisenhower for the record number of times the titles been held.

Michelle Obama named Most Admired Woman In America. Credit: PA
Michelle Obama named Most Admired Woman In America. Credit: PA

The current US president Donald Trump wasn't far behind with 13 percent, putting him in second place and making him one of only two incumbent presidents to have never taken the top spot - the other being Gerald Ford, who was president between August 1974 and January 1977.

The Gallup Poll has been carried out almost every single year since 1946 - the only exception being 1976.

For the 2018 poll, a total of 1,025 adults were asked to name a man and woman - from anywhere in the world - who they admired most.

Also featuring in the top ten list for women is the First Lady Melania Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ellen DeGeneres, Malala Yousafzai and Nancy Pelosi.

Hillary Clinton lost her title. Credit: PA
Hillary Clinton lost her title. Credit: PA

Also in the top ten for the men were George W. Bush, Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton, along with the Dalai Lama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Mike Pence.

There were noticeable absences too - Senator John McCain and the Rev. Billy Graham often finished in the top ten during their lives, but both passed away in 2018.

McCain finished in the top 10 six times, while Graham had more top 10 finishes than any man or woman, a record 61 times.

Michelle Obama has had a pretty good year after releasing her first biographical memoir, Becoming, which stood out as a best seller, so what better way to end 2018?

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Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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