Former First Lady Michelle Obama is likely having a sweet New Year holiday, as a new report has crowned her the Most Admired Woman of the year.
For the second year in a row, Obama is Gallup’s Most Admired Woman. Mrs. Obama, who earned 10% of the write-in vote, beat out current First Lady Melania Trump who received 5% of the votes.
The first ladies were trailed by Oprah Winfrey, 65, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 72, and climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, all with three percent in the annual poll each. Other top contenders in the poll, which ran from December 2 to 15 include, Queen Elizabeth II (her 51st time!), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.
Obama’s percentage is down from 15% in the 2018 poll. This year, she was also crowned Most Admired Woman in the July YouGov poll, again beating out Clinton, Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth, and Angelina Jolie. Obama’s honors come amidst an incredibly busy year. She spent the majority of it on a nationwide book tour after her 2018 memoir, Becoming, became the best-selling book in the United States that year. She saw her youngest daughter, Sasha Obama, off to the University of Michigan in August 2019, and continued her dedicated work to encourage young people to vote. [Hollywood Life]
The Obamas are likely doing a victory lap after learning of the rankings. Michelle Obama has publicly criticized the Trumps on numerous occasions since her husband left office.
It is notable that Obama’s popularity decreased since last year.She is the sixth first lady to be crowned with the title, following Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Betty Ford, and Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, Melania’s husband Donald Trump is currently the Most Admired Man of 2019.