Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman

Fifteen per cent of the 1,025 Americans polled said the woman they admire most is Michelle Obama (above).
Fifteen per cent of the 1,025 Americans polled said the woman they admire most is Michelle Obama (above).PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former first lady Hillary Clinton's 17-year run as the woman Americans admire most is over.

Another former first lady, Mrs Michelle Obama, has deposed Mrs Clinton as America's most admired woman, according to a Gallup poll published on Thursday (Dec 27).

Former president Barack Obama was named the man Americans admire most for the 11th year in a row, Gallup said.

President Donald Trump finished second in the poll for the fourth year in a row.

Gallup has conducted the annual poll every year since 1946 with the exception of 1976.

Fifteen per cent of the 1,025 Americans polled said the woman they admire most is Mrs Obama, who is currently on a tour promoting her book Becoming.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was second with 5 per cent, followed by Mrs Clinton and First Lady Melania Trump with 4 per cent.

Mrs Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and a former US senator and secretary of state, has topped the list 22 times including the past 17 years in a row.

Nineteen per cent of those polled said Mr Obama was the man they admired most.

Mr Trump was second with 13 per cent followed by former president George W. Bush and Pope Francis, who were tied with 2 per cent.

Gallup said the survey conducted between Dec 3 and Dec 12 had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.