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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Voted Most Admired in 2012

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
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For the fifth consecutive year, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been voted the most admired man and woman of 2012, living anywhere world, by a USA Today/Gallup Poll.

Clinton has been the consecutive winner of the the title for the past 11-years, while Obama has won the past five-years in a row. Clinton won with a 21 percent win, while Obama grabbed the title receiving 30 percent of the votes.

The results are based on data gathered from December 19-22, with an open-ended question so the contributor can choose his or her nomination. The poll does not prompt or offer suggestions for nominations.

Clinton has finished first for the title 17 times within the last 20 years. Following behind Clinton this year is first lady Michelle Obama, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Winfrey was the only member from both lists who is from the entertainment industry.

A new finalist to appear on the list was teen Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai, who tied for 2 percent with Sarah Palin, Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher. Yousafzi garnered worldwide attention after surviving a targeted attack from the Taliban for her education and women’s right activism in the Middle East. Another female international activist to make the list was Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi.

The most admired men list, on the other hand, was mainly comprised of men from the realm of  U.S. government and politics, perhaps nodding to this past election year. Aside from the President’s win, the list also included Mitt Romney, both George Bushes, Bill Clinton, Ron Paul and John McCain. According to Gallup, Obama’s win came at no surprise to the committee:

“Obama’s position as the Most Admired Man is not unusual. Sitting presidents, with their extremely high visibility and essentially continuous presence in ongoing news coverage, have won the Most Admired Man honor 56 times out of the 66 years in which Gallup has asked the question — including each of the past 32 years in a row.”

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