It's up for debate whether Donald Trump won the election – but a recent Gallup poll clearly shows he has won the hearts of millions of Americans.
For the last 12 years, Americans named Barack Obama as the man they most admired. This year, however, there was a changing of the guard in the annual poll conducted by Gallup: in 2020 it was Donald Trump, who got 18% percent of the poll – edging out his predecessor by three points.
According to Gallup, it's not unusual to see the incumbent president at the top of the heap when Americans are asked which man living anywhere in the world they admire the most. In the 74 times Gallup has asked that open-ended question, the incumbent president's name was number one 60 times.
Given the political beating Trump has endured for the last four years – as well as that from the media – it may surprise some people to see him at the top of the 2020 list. But it's no surprise to presidential advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress.
"Remember, he had 75 million Americans who voted for him," the Southern Baptist pastor points out. "No, it wasn't enough to win the election, but it certainly is an impressive feat – especially when you consider the fact that he doesn't come from the world of politics."
While Jeffress points to the many accomplishments President Trump has had in office, it doesn't mean that he's blind to some of the president's faults.
"I had some interviewer ask me one time, 'Do you endorse everything in his life?' – [and] I said, 'I don't even endorse everything in my life,'" the pastor shares. "But I do admire him for many of the things that he's been able to accomplish – and I think many Americans feel that way as well."
Gallup has been taking the poll since 1947. The person who has garnered the most top-ten finishes on the most admired list is the late evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham – and it's not even close. "America's Preacher," as Graham was known, made the top ten 61 times; second Ronald Reagan at 31.
"The great thing about Billy Graham – and I think the one reason he's admired so much is – he is one of the few high-profile preachers who had no financial or moral scandal associated with him at all," Jeffress concludes.
Following Trump in the 2020 Gallup poll, in order, were Obama, Joe Biden (6%), Dr. Anthony Fauci (3%), and others like Pope Francis, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.