Haley Admired

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Indian American Nikki Haley, was among the most admired women by Americans, according to the annual Gallup poll. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images photo)

Gallup Dec. 27 released their most admired man and woman lists with Indian American Nikki Haley cracking the list for the first time.

Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, finished in 10th place with 1 percent of responses in the Gallup poll conducted between Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Topping the woman's list was Hillary Clinton with 9 percent, followed by former first lady Michelle Obama with 7 percent. The top most admired man on Gallup's list was former President Barack Obama, who notched 17 percent of responses. Obama was followed by current President Donald Trump who tallied 14 percent of responses.

It is the 10th consecutive year that both Clinton and Obama have topped their respective lists.

Others receiving votes in the most admired man list included Pope Francis, the Rev. Billy Graham, U.S. Sen. John McCain, Elon Musk, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Bill Gates, among others.

The most admired woman list included entertainer Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II and current first lady Melania Trump, among others.

Haley, who finished 10th and tied with Kate Middleton and singer Beyonce Knowles, has made a name for herself as one of the most popular members of Trump’s cabinet, aggressively litigating on the world stage some of its most controversial goals, such as the move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That said, Haley has not shied away from disagreeing with the president publicly.

A quarter of Americans cannot name a man or a woman they admire most. Nine percent name a relative or friend as the most admired man, and 13 percent do so for the most admired woman.

Gallup also noted that in the 71 years the polls have been conducted since 1946 — each year except for 1976 — only a short list of incumbent presidents failed to finish at the top of the list. Those presidents include Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

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