The results of a recent Gallup poll, asking about the most admired man and woman in America, were pretty surprising.
You would think the person would be someone who is really making a difference for the less fortunate, serving those around them and making a mark on their community.
Yeah… you would think.
Hillary Clinton has achieved an historic nod in the polling universe. Gallup has been asking this question since 1993, and in that span of more than two decades, Clinton has been the most admired woman each of the last 14 years, and 20 times overall — more than any other woman or man.
Good for her. Now let’s talk about the men.
As the Gallup story notes, most people usually select a sitting president as the most admired man. Perhaps people are lazy and don’t take time to consider someone outside of a press conference. Maybe they didn’t want to mention someone on reality TV for fear they would look to shallow.
This is noted by other people on the 2015 list: Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
Whatever the reason, Obama won. Then, this happened:
Yes, you read that right: The moral compass of America points in two different directions — two polar opposite directions. Pope Francis and Donald Trump were tied for second place.
“Trump’s surprisingly strong and often controversial presidential campaign has made him a prominent news figure this year and, thus, top-of-mind for many Americans,” Gallup reported.
“This helps explain his strong showing when Gallup asks Americans, in an open-ended fashion, to name the man they admire most. The successful businessman has finished in the top 10 four other times, including from 1988 through 1990 and in 2011.”
Sorry, Gallup. Not even that helps explain it. Appreciate it though.