December 28, 2018

Michelle Obama takes the 'most admired woman' title from Hillary Clinton according to Gallup poll

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After occupying the #1 slot for 17 years, former First Lady Hillary Clinton has been ousted by Michelle Obama.

For the first time, former First Lady Michelle Obama was named the most admired woman in the world on the Gallup's annual survey, published on December 27, 2018.

This is former First Lady Michelle Obama first time at the top of a list in which she has been placed #2 for the last four years.

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FORMER AFRICAN AMERICAN FLOTUS BUMPS HILLARY TO THIRD PLACE

Opinion poll Moghul Gallup has been conducting opinion polls since 1935, and the most popular of them all are their annual Most Admired Men and Women lists.

The result of the 2018 poll was an upset for Hillary Clinton, who fell from the #1 spot she has held for 17 years. She now shares the #3 slot with First Lady Melania Trump.

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"BECOMING" PUSHED MICHELLE OVER THE TOP

Michelle's popularity has undoubtedly been boosted by the publication of her memoirs "Becoming," in November 2018.

The former First Lady has been touring extensively, and her book outsold Hillary's "Living History" in the first week on the shelves by a wide margin to become the best-selling non-fiction book of 2018.

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Malaia Yousafzai, 21,  who is the youngest Nobel laureate in history, is also the youngest woman on the list by several decades.

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ANOTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN #2

For the first time in history, the top two spots on the list are occupied by African American women.

Americans put Oprah Winfrey in #2, making this the 31st time she has been in the  Most Admired Women list. Oprah has been in second place 14 times but has yet to be #1.

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A WHO'S WHO OF REMARKABLE WOMEN

Also on the prestigious Top Ten list is the Queen of England. Queen Elizabeth, 92, has been voted into the top 10 for a record 50 years.

Americans voted for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. 

Malaia Yousafzai, 21,  who is the youngest Nobel laureate in history, is also the youngest woman on the list by several decades. Malaia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 for her work as an activist for female education in Pakistan.

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#1 ON THE MOST ADMIRED MAN LIST

Former President Barack Obama, America's first African American president, topped the list for the 11th consecutive year. 

Obama took #1 on the Most Admired Man list for the first time while he was still president-elect. He proceeded to clock in eight consecutive victories as president.

He has continued undisputed as #1 for the last two years, relegating current President Donald Trump to second place for a galling fourth year in a row.

In a related story, former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were invited to deliver eulogies at Senator John McCain's funeral.

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