Michelle Obama hasn’t stopped being one of the most beloved women even after she left the white house nearly three years ago. A new poll shows the former first lady is not only the most admired woman in the U.S. but in the entire world.




YouGov is a data collection company that at their core is a “global online community, where millions of people and thousands of political, cultural and commercial organizations engage in a continuous conversation about their beliefs, behaviors, and brands.”



The firm conducts surveys and polls from the on-tap respondents they have vetted and analyzed. In their most recent international survey, they wanted to find out who the world’s most admired woman was.




Former First Lady Michelle Obama came out on top bumping actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie down to third most admired. Obama was followed by talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Jolie, Queen Elizabeth II, and actress Emma Watson. The data was gathered from respondents in 41 countries, pollers were asked the open-ended question: "Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?"



For the men’s division, Bill Gates has taken the number one spot every time YouGov has carried out the survey. Following behind Bill is Barack Obama in second, while the third to fifth places are held by high-profile Chinese figures.




More than 42,000 people responded to the study according to YouGov. President Donald Trump came in 14th place for the most admired man in the world which is two spots higher than he was placed last year. However, Trump rose to second place trailing behind Former President Barack Obama when the poll was conducted only in the U.S. Michelle Obama also took the number one spot for the U.S. poll.



The results of both polls show the former First Lady has seen a boost in popularity since the release of her book, Becoming in late 2018. According to the BBC, the book surpassed 10 million sales in its first five months since its release. The NY Post stated back in March that the book is set to be the “best-selling memoir in history.”


Who do you admire most in the world? Who do you admire most in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments and be sure to pass this article along to your friends and family who would find it interesting to hear about these surveys.


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