Barack Obama came in second among men at 15%. President-elect Joe Biden came in third with 6% of and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, came in fourth with 3%. Pope Francis, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Bill Gates were also among the most admired men on the list.
Among party lines, 48% of Republicans chose Trump while Obama was the top choice among Democrats with 32% and Biden received 13% among Democrats. Trump and Obama were split among Independents with 11%.
For most admired woman, Michelle Obama received 10% of votes. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris followed behind Obama with 6% and first lady Melania Trump came in third place with 4%. Melania Trump came in second to Michelle Obama in 2019 and has been among the top 10 most admired women the past four years, but had never placed first.
Hillary Clinton, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth II were also among the most admired women.
The poll was conducted by telephone from December 1-17 among a random sample of 1,018 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Bernie Sanders’ party affiliation. He is an independent who caucuses with Democrats.