Despite President Trump being hounded with years of ‘Russiagate’ accusations, negative coverage by the mainstream media and an ongoing impeachment drive against him, Trump has tied with former President Barack Obama as America’s most admired man of 2019, according to a new poll.
In a Gallup poll published on Monday, 18 percent of respondents named President Trump as their most admired man, while another 18 percent named his predecessor, Barack Obama. No other man – in a top ten that included entrepreneur Elon Musk, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and the Dalai Lama – scored higher than two percent.
The votes were largely split along party lines, with 41% of Democrats selecting Barack Obama, and 45% of Republicans picking Donald Trump; meanwhile, just 3% of GOP respondents named Obama, and only 2% of Democrats named Trump. Independents were evenly split: 12% for Obama, and 10% for Trump.
The same was seen among the women, with Michelle Obama taking 23% of the Democratic vote, while Melania Trump was the top vote among Republicans with 11%.
Michelle Obama has had stronger finishes in the past two years than during her eight years as first lady, when no more than 8% of Americans named her.
2019 marks Obama’s 12th year in the top spot, but Trump’s first, which is an accomplishment considering all he’s been through. The president’s ascendancy to pole position comes amid rising approval levels. Gallup notes that public support for Trump has risen from 36 percent in 2017, to 40 percent in 2018, to 45 percent this year.
Despite President Trump becoming the third president in U.S. history to become impeached after an historic House vote earlier this month, he is more popular now than he has been over the past couple of years. His 45% job approval rating is among his best as president. This paved the way for him to tie with Obama as most admired, although it was not enough to end the latter’s streak of 12 first-place finishes.
With the state of the country and the American people becoming more prosperous it will be interesting to see how the Trump’s and Obama’s rate at the end of 2020.