Trump beats Obama to title of America’s most admired man in 2020, toppling the former president who has held the top spot on the Gallup poll for 12 years – and claims it is more evidence he won the election
- President Trump is America’s most admired man of 2020, according to Gallup
- Survey of 1,018 Americans gave president 18 per cent, unseating Barack Obama
- Former president, who held top spot for 12 years, received 15 per cent
- President-elect Joe Biden came in distant third with 6 per cent of the vote
- Trump tweeted that survey backs up his claims that he is real winner of election
President Trump was named the most admired man of 2020 by a new Gallup survey, unseating his predecessor, Barack Obama, who held the top spot for 12 years in a row.
Trump received 18 per cent of the vote while Obama came in second at 15 per cent.
Joe Biden came in a distant third with 6 per cent, prompting the president to tweet that the Gallup poll backs up his claim that he was the real winner of the November 3 election and that the president-elect’s victory was fraudulent.
The president on Wednesday morning tweeted a quote from Mark Steyn, the media commentator who has been filling in as guest host on Tucker Carlson’s nightly prime time show on Fox News.
‘Barack Obama was toppled from the top spot and President Trump claimed the title of the year’s Most Admired Man,’ the president quoted Steyn as saying.
‘Trump number one, Obama number two, and Joe Biden a very distant number three.
‘That’s also rather odd given the fact that on November 3rd, Biden allegedly racked up millions more votes than Trump, but can’t get anywhere close to him in this poll.
‘No incoming president has ever done as badly in this annual survey.’
Trump then added his own remark, saying: ‘That’s because he got millions of Fake Votes in the 2020 Election, which was RIGGED!’
Days after the polling stations closed on November 3, media outlets declared Biden to be the winner of the presidential election.
The former vice president’s victory was then certified by key swing states like Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Earlier this month, a majority of the Electoral College officially cast its votes for Biden, making him the president-elect.
Since the election, Trump and his allies have filed dozens of lawsuits in state and federal court challenging the legality of millions of votes cast in the swing states.
The judges hearing the cases have dismissed the lawsuits, saying that the claims made by the Trump campaign and its supporters lack merit.
Biden defeated Trump in the Electoral College, winning 306 votes to Trump’s 232 – the same margin by which the president defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The president-elect, however, won 7 million more popular votes than Trump – more than double the margin of Clinton’s popular vote victory over Trump.
The annual Gallup poll surveyed 1,018 Americans, asking them to name any living man and woman around the world that they most admired.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, came in fourth place with 3 per cent.
Normally, incumbent presidents have ranked first overall when Americans were asked by Gallup to name the man they admired most.
In the 74 years that Gallup has conducted the survey, the incumbent president has been the biggest vote-getter 60 times.
Whenever the sitting president doesn’t finish in first place, it is most likely due to his unpopularity.
In 2017 and 2018, Trump finished second to Obama. Last year, Obama and Trump were tied for first place.
This year, Trump still has below average approval ratings, but Republicans overwhelmingly support him while Democrats split their votes among several others.
According to the survey, 48 per cent of Republicans picked Trump as the most admired man. No other public figure received more than 2 per cent from Republicans who were surveyed.
Among Democrats, Obama received the most votes – 32 per cent – but that is down from 41 per cent last year.
President-elect Biden received 13 per cent of support among Democrats.
Fauci won the support of 5 per cent of Democrats but just 1 per cent of Republicans.
Independents even split their choice among Trump and Obama, both of whom received 11 per cent, while 3 per cent named Biden and 2 per cent picked Fauci.
Rounding out the top 10 of the most admired men are Pope Francis, Elon Musk, Senator Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama.
When asked to name the most admired woman, an Obama still holds the top spot in that category.
Michelle Obama finished first with 10 per cent of the vote, followed by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, First Lady Melania Trump, and Oprah Winfrey.
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