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Trump ends yet another Obama legacy, dethrones him as most admired man

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Donald Trump may leave the White House next without having won a second term, overseen the ultimate defeat of the coronavirus, or received the Nobel Peace Prize he arguably deserves.

But he can leave office with one honor – one that will drive liberals to madness through and through.

He is, for the moment, the most admired man in America, according to the Gallup organization.

Gallup on Tuesday released its annual survey of the man and woman Americans look up to most.

Trump took top honors among men – dethroning Barack Obama, who had held the honor for 12 consecutive years.

He received 18 percent support for the title, compared  to15 percent for Obama. The two men had tied last year.

Gallup noted that the incumbent president usually comes out on top. That has been the case 60 times since Gallup began asking the question in 1946.

Until now, Trump had faced a serious obstacle. As Gallup explained, “When the sitting president is not the top choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically. That was the case in 2017 and 2018 when Trump had 36% and 40% approval ratings, respectively, and finished second to Obama as most admired man. Even though Trump is similarly unpopular now – 39% approve of his performance – his dominant performance among Republicans, contrasted with Democrats splitting their choices among multiple public figures, pushes him to the top of the 2020 most admired man list.”

Trump was named most admired by 48 percent of Republicans, and no other public figure got more than 2-percent support from the GOP faithful.

In contrast, Obama finished first among Democrats with 32 percent, yet that was a decline of nine percentage points from last year. Thirteen percent of Democrats named President-elect Joe Biden, who finished third overall.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Pope Francis, entrepreneur Elon Musk, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Los Angeles Laker superstar LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Buddhists in Tibet.

On the other side of the ledger, former first lady Michelle Obama was named most admired woman for the third consecutive year, with 10 percent of the vote. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was runner-up, at 6 percent, while current first lady Melania Trump finished third, with 4 percent.

Trump, by the way, has finished in the top 10 a total of 10 times. But he probably won’t be able to catch the man with the most top 10 finishes throughout all of Gallup’s long history of asking this question. Among all American men ever considered for most admired list, the late evangelist Billy Graham posted 61 trips into the top 10.

A few weeks before the 2016 election Obama, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” read a tweet by Trump saying he would go down as the worst president. “Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president,” Obama said, with a phone drop.

We know how that turned out. Now, thanks to Republicans, Trump has another title to share with Obama.

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