President Obama Most Admired Man For 10th Consecutive Year

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Barack Obama trails only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times.

Though incumbent presidents generally win the Gallup poll asking Americans who they most admire, President Donald Trump lost this year to his predecessor. Americans chose Barack Obama as the most admired man for the tenth year in a row.

Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 -- the year he was first elected -- and this year, his first as a former president.

This is not the first time a sitting president has lost to someone else:

Gallup has asked the most admired man question 71 times since 1946 -- all but in 1976. The incumbent president has won 58 of those times. Previous incumbent presidents who did not finish first include Harry Truman in 1946-1947 and 1950-1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1967-1968, Richard Nixon in 1973, Gerald Ford in 1974-1975, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George W. Bush in 2008. All but Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974 had job approval ratings well below 50%, like Trump.

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