Obama led the second most admired man, former President George W. Bush, by 12 points. Pope Francis got 4 percent of the vote, while former President Bill Clinton and Rev. Billy Graham rounded out the top five with 2 percent each.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranked as the most admired woman with a 15 percent share of the vote, leading other luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Malala Yousafzai. Clinton has topped Gallup's list 18 times, but her share of the vote also dipped from last year, when 21 percent mentioned her as their most admired woman.
The poll surveyed 1,031 adults nationwide from Dec. 5-8 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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