According to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump beat out Pope Francis to take the second most admired man in the world trophy behind former President Barack Obama, reports The Daily Caller.
“Trump beat Francis, 14 percent to three percent, in a poll listing the man Americans most admired in 2017. Francis has been highly critical of the president in the past for his positions on global warming and immigration, among a range of other hot-button world issues. Francis ranks third in the poll,” reports the Daily Caller.
The president’s poor approval ratings are preventing him from overtaking his Democratic predecessor and taking the first spot for his own.
“Trump’s unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction,” Gallup said. Former presidents tend to see a significant uptick in approval ratings after they leave office. Historically low approval ratings while in office can leave a mark, the poll notes.
“The incumbent president is the usual winner,” Gallop added. “Since he is arguably the most prominent figure in the country — but when the president is unpopular, other well-known and well-liked men have been able to finish first.”
Obama has been in the top spot for the tenth year in a row, starting in 2008, when he became president. He is the 17th most admired man in the world, according to the survey of 1,049 adults.
The only other president to win the prize more than Obama has is President Dwight Eisenhower, who won 12 times. Gallup pollsters asked a series of open-ended questions to the respondents that likely complicates the survey’s conclusions.
For instance, about 25 percent of Americans were unable to name a man or woman they most admire. Slightly less than 10 percent named a relative or a friend, while 13 percent do the same for women. The pollsters also separated categories between genders.
No surprise, but Hillary Clinton has won the prize 22 times overall, which is the most out of any woman. Clinton has remained in that top spot for the 16th consecutive year. Hillary Clinton narrowly beat former first lady Michelle Obama, 9 percent to 7 percent.
Oprah Winfrey, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel came a distant second, third, and fourth, respectively, behind Clinton for the title of most-admired women.
As for the men, the 2017 list of most-admired men is rounded out with the Rev. Billy Graham, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist from Vermont.