The mainstream headline that Hillary is “most admired” masks that her admiration level has dropped by almost half.
The mainstream media is having a lot of fun reporting that Hillary is this year’s Gallup “Most Admired Woman” for a “record 20th time.”
What they are leaving out, however, is that it appears that the long list of scandals and controversies that have plagued her since leaving her position as Secretary of State in early 2013 may be catching up with her (read LI’s Hillary coverage here).
When one looks more closely at the Gallup poll, it becomes clear that while still topping the list, Hillary has fallen quite sharply since December 2012.
Take a look at the following:
Hillary’s numbers have moved from 21% in 2012 to only 13% in 2015, pretty much where she was in 2014 (up 1%).
Although Clinton and Obama each led this year’s poll by significant margins, the percentage mentioning each as most admired is slightly lower than the percentages they have received in the past. Across the eight times Obama has been most admired man, an average 23% of Americans have named him, while in the 20 times Clinton has been most admired woman, an average 16% have named her.
Interestingly, Hillary’s long run as the “most admired woman” has been unimpeded during Obama’s presidency: Michelle Obama is the only First Lady to never take the top spot while her husband was in office.
As far as the “Most Admired Man” goes, the sitting president typically takes that spot, according to Gallup, so Trump tying for second with the pope is notable.DONATE
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