Gallup, which has conducted its poll to determine the most admired person in the country 71 times since 1946 determines results "based on telephone interviews conducted December 4-11, 2017, with a random sample of 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia", according to Gallup.
Hillary Clinton was the most admired woman in the USA for the 16th year in a row.
Gallup explains that Trump's unpopularity is likely what's holding him back from winning the most admired distinction.
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The poll found another dark spot for one of America's most prominent political families: former President Bill Clinton, who topped the list while in office from 1993 to 2000, fell out of the top 10 for the first time in more than 25 years. Even still, the former President's rating dropped from the 22% who gave him the best billing past year. "But the likelihood that she will continue to hold that honor in future years seems less certain, with her popularity at a nadir and the percentage naming her as most admired the lowest in 15 years", it stated.
But Trump still bashed Obama within his GOP base - 35% of Republicans most admired him, compared to 1% for Obama. Clinton narrowly topped Michelle Obama 9 to 7 percent.
As for Clinton, she has held the top spot for 16 years straight, though she had won the title 22 times. That's according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.
Gallup said the poll of 1,049 adults was conducted between December 4-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. "She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders".