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    Poll: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Again Ranked as Most Admired

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shown during the Chatham House Prize award ceremony in central London, Oct. 11, 2013.
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shown during the Chatham House Prize award ceremony in central London, Oct. 11, 2013.
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    Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world's most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

    Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization said.

    But the percentage of those surveyed who choose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent this year, down from 30 percent in 2012.

    The president's job approval rating has dropped during a year marked by a botched healthcare rollout and stalled legislative initiatives at the start of his second term.

    Clinton earned the top spot among most admired women for the 12th consecutive year and 18th time overall, more than any other woman in the poll's history.

    Fifteen percent of Americans surveyed gave the former first lady and U.S. senator the highest ranking, down from 21 percent who named her as the most admired woman last year, the poll showed.

    Gallup said its data came from a poll of 1,031 adults between Dec. 5 and 8, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

    Other men named to the list included former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; Pope Francis and the Reverend Billy Graham; actor and director Clint Eastwood; Microsoft Corp co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

    The women who finished behind Hillary Clinton included talk show host Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Angelina Jolie.

    Also on the list were Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for girls; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

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    by: Markt from: Virginia
    December 31, 2013 7:45 AM
    of all the millions of Americans, they only polled 1,031 of them...? That is barely scratching the surface. I know they never polled ME. I do not admire him, I do not admire any man or woman...I respect the office he holds, but I do not respect the man holding that office.
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    by: ablaisa from: ohio
    December 31, 2013 2:57 PM
    they are the worst of ever people to be admired take a look what they have done to the beautiful nation of AMERICA and then tell me they are most admired, most hated you mean

    by: saeed from: iran
    December 31, 2013 5:24 AM
    I do not care these admiration .In my view Mr.Obama have not been successful in his job as the leader of most powerful country.May be he have a nice lough and say nice words in a poweful tone ,but his decisions destroyed one of must historic countries,Syria.

    by: Julius George Kamara from: Freetown, Sierra Leone.
    December 30, 2013 3:44 PM
    Wow! i love that though the admiration is getting low as compared to 2012. But that Notwithstanding, he still being ranked the most Admired figure. His speech in late Mandela's funeral can even compliment this year's ranking by Chatham House. Enjoy your six times prize sir.

    by: Stephany from: USA
    December 30, 2013 12:13 PM
    LOL....LOL.... most admired by whom..??? the Muslim Brotherhood..? by Al Jazeera...? by Iranian Mullahs...?
    a Muslim Apostate and a hideous shriveled deformity... most admired...!!! give me a break...!!!

    by: American from: America
    December 30, 2013 12:06 PM
    Where is Edward Snowden?

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