Michelle Obama ends Hillary Clinton’s 17-year run as ‘most admired woman’

Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her book "Becoming" at Barclays Center on December 19, 2018, in New York. Penguin Random House announced on March 26, 2019, that her memoir has sold nearly 10 million copies.
Former first lady Michelle Obama was voted the woman most admired by Americans this year, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot on the list for the first time in 17 years, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, former First Lady Michelle Obama signs books during an appearance for her book, “Becoming,” in New York. Obama’s book quickly became among the best-selling political memoirs ever. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (AP/Richard Drew)
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Former first lady Michelle Obama reacts as she talks with a group of young women during a panel at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Philadelphia. Obama was in town on a tour stop for her book, ‘Becoming,” later in the evening. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (AP/Matt Slocum)
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Former first lady Michelle Obama arrives at the “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” event at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
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FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama dance with kids to the beat of “Thriller” during a Halloween celebration at the South Portico of the White House in Washington. Former President Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama’s book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, “Becoming,” and participated in a conversation Saturday night, Nov. 17, 2018, moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” event at the Forum on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP/Willy Sanjuan)
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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks with a school girl during a surprise appearance at Para Los Niños on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP/Willy Sanjuan)
This cover image released by Crown shows "Becoming," by Michelle Obama. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. (Crown via AP)
This cover image released by Crown shows “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. (Crown via AP) (AP)
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FILE – In this June 22, 2018, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. The Obama Foundation is launching an initiative aimed at boosting educational opportunities for girls around the world. The former first lady on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, announced the launch of the Global Girls Alliance that will work with organizations worldwide to increase public awareness and action. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (AP/Gerald Herbert)
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FILE – In this May 12, 2017, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama smiles while speaking at the Partnership for a Healthier American 2017 Healthier Future Summit in Washington. The former first lady will be joined by a lineup of celebrities when she honors Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military for College Signing Day. The event Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Philadelphia is the fifth College Signing Day she’s hosted. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave as they board an Air force jet to depart Andrews Air Force base in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The two Harvard Law School grads met at the Chicago corporate law firm Sidley & Austin when Michelle was 25 and assigned as mentor to the 27-year-old Barack, a summer associate. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) (AP/Steve Helber)
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Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her book "Becoming" at Barclays Center on December 19, 2018, in New York. Penguin Random House announced on March 26, 2019, that her memoir has sold nearly 10 million copies.
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This cover image released by Crown shows "Becoming," by Michelle Obama. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. (Crown via AP)
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Michelle Obama, Sam Kass
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(WASHINGTON) — After almost two decades leading the pack, Hillary Clinton has ceded her title as “most admired woman” to former first lady Michelle Obama, who in recent months stepped into the spotlight while promoting her memoir and sharing her quick-witted candor to overflowing crowds.

A Gallup poll, conducted every year but one since 1946, asked Americans, “in an open-ended question, to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world today whom they admire most.”

In 2018, 15 percent said Michelle Obama. Her husband and former president, Barack Obama, is the “most admired man” for the 11th consecutive year.

Clinton — a former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and the 2016 Democratic nominee for president — has been named among the “most admired women” 22 times, more than any woman or man, according to Gallup. For the last 17 years, she was first on the list.

According to Gallup, the shift is in part because Clinton “has more fully retreated to private life,” while Obama has “stepped into that void” by touring the country and openly discussing her life, including a miscarriage nearly 20 years ago and her opinion of the current president. Her book is a No. 1 bestseller in 2018.

This year, Oprah Winfrey followed Michelle Obama at 5 percent. Clinton and current first lady Melania Trump tied for third and fourth place with 4 percent.

President Donald Trump followed the former president on this year’s list of “most admired men.” Former President George W. Bush was third on the list, and former President Bill Clinton came in at seventh.

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