Americans Say President Donald Trump is the Man They Admire Most

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 30, 2020   |   10:04AM   |   Washington, DC

In a vote with no fraud and no mail-in ballots containing late postmarks or non-matching signatures, Americans said in a new Gallup poll that President Trump is the man they admire most.

This is the first time President Trump has won the annual Gallup poll and it’s the first time someone other than pro-abortion President Barack Obama has won it. The poll is a good reminder not just of how much Americans support President Trump but how much he is appreciated for his pro-life record and actions on other issues important to Christians and conservatives.

Joe Biden, the man who supposedly won the presidential election, only came in 3rd place, after Obama, — with a mere 6% of Americans saying he is the man they admire most.

Gary Bauer of Americans Values and a former presidential candidate said he’s not surprised Trump beat Biden.

“Every year since 1946, Gallup has asked Americans to name the man they most admire. For the past 12 years, it has been Barack Obama. This year, America’s most admired man is President Donald Trump,” he said. “I find the result of this popularity contest interesting, given how popular the media seem to believe Joe Biden is.”

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“One would think the media’s anointed savior of the country could do better than third place in Gallup’s survey of the most admired men in America. But apparently not,” he added.

Here is more from Gallup about its survey:

The incumbent president is usually top of mind when Gallup asks Americans to name, without prompting, which man living anywhere in the world they admire most. In the 74 times Gallup has asked the open-ended most admired man question since 1946, the incumbent president has topped the list 60 times. Harry Truman (1946-1947 and 1950-1952), Lyndon Johnson (1967-1968), Richard Nixon (1973), Gerald Ford (1974-1975), Jimmy Carter (1980), George W. Bush (2008) and Trump (2017-2018) are the incumbent presidents who did not finish first in past years.

When the sitting president is not the top choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically. That was the case in 2017 and 2018 when Trump had 36% and 40% approval ratings, respectively, and finished second to Obama as most admired man.

Even though Trump is similarly unpopular now — 39% approve of his performance — his dominant performance among Republicans, contrasted with Democrats splitting their choices among multiple public figures, pushes him to the top of the 2020 most admired man list.

  • Forty-eight percent of Republicans name Trump this year, with no other public figure receiving more than 2% of Republicans’ votes.
  • Obama is the top choice among Democrats, at 32%, but that is down from 41% last year. President-elect Joe Biden (13%) is also commonly named by Democrats.
  • Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is named by 5% of Democrats but only 1% of Republicans, further contributing to Democrats’ relative dispersion of choices.
  • Independents are evenly split between Trump (11%) and Obama (11%), with another 3% naming Biden and 2% Fauci.

Overall, 18% of Americans name Trump, 15% name Obama, 6% Biden and 3% Fauci. The remaining top 10 men include Pope Francis, businessman Elon Musk, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, basketball player LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.