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Trump and Obama Tie as ‘Most Admired Man’ for 2019 in Gallup Poll

New survey results are based on responses by phone from 1,025 people across the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The majority of America’s popular culture, mass media, academia, and entertainment industry all tend to portray President Donald Trump as a blustering “orange man,” someone who — in their mind — is intent on subverting the Constitution on the way to establishing a fascist regime.

Yet former President Barack Obama, by these same highly biased and left-wing factions, is somehow shown as a stylish, brilliant, and wise leader of all thinking individuals, his time as the chief executive a veritable golden age in the Oval Office.

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But in those ongoing analyses, the powers that be never consult one key group that matters more than they do (though they don’t think so): the American people.

The Gallup organization, however, did ask everyday Americans what they think — granted in a very small survey. And the people responded by naming both presidents, in a tie, as the “most admired man” for 2019.

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Trump and Obama tied at 18 percent each. Gallup conducted the phone poll between December 2 and December 15; it was comprised of 1,025 people over the age of 18 across all 50 states and D.C.

“Each year since 1948, Gallup has asked Americans to name, in an open-ended fashion, which man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most,” the organization noted.

Michelle Obama, for the second year in a row, was named the most admired woman this year, the company also said.

The numbers for most admired man would more than hint at the fact that the views of the institutions noted earlier in this piece are not exactly reflective of national sentiment at all.

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After Trump and Obama, “no other man was mentioned by more than 2 percent of respondents,” Gallup noted. “The remainder of the top 10 for men this year includes former President Jimmy Carter, businessman Elon Musk, philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the Dalai Lama, and investor Warren Buffett.”

“Eleven percent of Americans named a relative or friend as the man they admire most; 18 percent named some other living man; and 25 percent did not name anyone,” it also pointed out.

Former President Ronald Reagan has been named most to the top 10 list, with 31 appearances.

“Trump is more popular now than he was in the past two years,” noted Gallup, “with a 45 percent job approval rating, among his best as president.”

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The voting was generally along party lines, as 2 percent of those identifying as Democrats chose Trump and 3 percent of Republicans chose Obama.

Independents were closely split — with 12 percent for Obama and 10 percent for Trump.

While only a generic popularity contest, the survey further illustrates the national polarization that exists — and likely the effect of all that mass media and Hollywood attention lavished on those of the Left.

Trump alone — among all the individuals mentioned — is a figure of the Right.

Yet Obama, Carter, the pope, Sanders, and Schiff are all firmly of the Left.

The poll also gives more than a passing nod to successful and prominent businessmen.

None of them, of course — Musk, Gates, and Buffett — are considered conservatives. 

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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