As the right continues to blame Obama for everything that is wrong with the world, an annual Gallup poll, conducted for nearly 70 years has named him the most admired man living anywhere in the world for the 7th straight year, beginning with 2008.
According to Gallup:
“Obama has appeared on the top 10 list each year since 2006, including ranking No. 1 in each of the last seven years, all by healthy margins over the second-place finisher. The incumbent president is nearly always the winner of the most admired distinction, having placed first in all but 12 of the 68 years the question has been asked.
Most of those 12 exceptions have come when the president was unpopular, including in 2008 when President-elect Obama finished ahead of George W. Bush; in 1980 when Pope John Paul II edged out Jimmy Carter; during the Watergate era of 1973-1975; in the late 1960s during the height of the Vietnam War; and for much of Harry Truman’s presidency when he was overshadowed by Gens. Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur.”
The poll, conducted December 8-11, asks participants to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most. This year’s top ten includes a mix of religious figures including Reverend Billy Graham and Pope Francis, and political figures like former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin and potential 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Others include businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates and astrophysicist Steven Hawking.
The results of the annual poll demonstrates that Republicans’ hatred for the President does not extend to the general population. As they spread false information and disrespect for the Obama, he continues to be named most admired by wide margins over the second place finisher, this year by a 28 point margin over Pope Francis who finished in the number two spot.
The poll suggests that while the President’s job approval ratings may have fallen recently, he is still very much admired by the American people in general despite the constant vilification from right-wing politicians and pundits.