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

Tichafa Chidzonga
Jan 01, 2020
09:00 A.M.

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,


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.


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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