Gallup Poll Names Michelle Obama ‘Most Admired Woman’ in 2019

Michelle Obama ends another successful year with several top honors, which also include being ranked the "Most Admired Woman" in 2019 in a nation-wide survey for the Gallup Poll.

Since leaving the White House, former first lady, Michelle Obama continues to make her mark on the nation. She hasn't stepped away from the spotlight and continues to shine locally and internationally.

Recognizing her charity work, her influence and overall impact across the nation, the Gallup Poll has named her "Most Admired Woman" in 2019,

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Thinking back over the past decade is a bit of a whirlwind. It’s not easy to take stock of all the ups and downs that go into a single week, let alone more than 500 of them. Ten years ago at this time, our girls were sixth and third graders. Our family hadn’t been in the White House for even a year yet, and Bo was still pretty much a puppy. And though I felt that our family had adjusted well into a wild new reality, I was still a little uncertain about what all the spotlights and pressure would do to us. So looking back, what I’m most filled with is gratitude. A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years. I’ve been so lucky to meet so many of you, to hear your stories, and to work together with you on issues that are near and dear to all of our hearts. We’ve got a lot to be proud of. But as I often say, we should be careful not to focus only on our statistics—our biggest accomplishments and best moments—you know, the kinds of things most of us share on social media. Those are important, but we should also be sure to relish the fullness of our stories. That includes the tough moments we persevered through, the messiness that spurred us to make a swerve, and the memories that are still a little bit tender. Though they’re difficult, those moments can be some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. What we often see as a weakness or a failure is often a strength—or a turning point to something better. So today, I’m thankful for all of those moments over the past decade that helped me get to where I am. I’m thankful for the worries and the anxieties, the failures and false starts. And most of all, I’m thankful that after all of it, we came out whole. Now on the other side of this decade, Bo’s got a trusty sidekick named Sunny. We’ve settled into new routines after two terms in the White House. And although the girls are gone away at college now, we’re all back together for the holidays—right where we belong. #DecadeInReview

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The honor comes as no surprise, according to the Gallup, it is more common for first ladies to top the list as most admired persons on their list than it is for a former president.

Former president, Barack Obama tied the list of the "Most Admired Man in 2019" with President Trump. 

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Look who dropped by tonight! ❤️ #IAmBecoming

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The poll, which began in 1984, see's Barack and Eisenhower each to finish first with a record of 12 times, based on their post-presidency popularity.

Barack Obama gives his wife Michelle Obama a kiss on the cheek as they end the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology, on October 29, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois | Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Barack Obama gives his wife Michelle Obama a kiss on the cheek as they end the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology, on October 29, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois | Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Despite Michelle's ranking of "Most Admired Woman" she declined from 15% in 2018 to 10% in 2019, she is the only woman to have reached double digits.

Following closely behind her is current first lady, Melania Trump, at second in 2019, with a total of 5%. Other notable figure includes Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Greta Thunberg named at 3% each.

Adding to her already successful year, Michelle was nominated for her first Grammy in the best-spoken word category for her best-selling memoir, "Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice." In response to her nomination she said:

"This past year has been such a meaningful, exhilarating ride. I've loved hearing your stories and continuing down the road of becoming together. Thank you for every ounce of love and support you've shared so generously."

Michelle continues to use her success to give back. According to PEOPLE, she has promised to donate over $500,000 in proceeds from the merchandise around her memoir to support girls' education around the world.

The initiative comes after Barack and Michelle's "Obama foundation" established the "Girls Opportunity Alliance" to support international efforts that help advance girls' access to education.

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