Is the liberal Democratic control over a highly dumbed down and gullible American public starting to crumble? That’s a question that some are asking after the release of Gallup’s 2017 lists of America’s most admired men and women. The lists are no longer a majority who’s who of Democrats and socialists as it has been cracked wide open by a number of Republicans and others.
For the most admired men of 2017, Barack Obama continued to top the list, but his 7% lead over Donald Trump the year before has narrowed to only 3%. While the list was still largely filled with Democrats and liberals such as Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, all of these men only received 1% of the vote, except Musk who came in at 2%.
Pope Francis was number three, but compared to years past, his numbers are declining.
Breaking the list for the first time was John McCain and Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Mike Pence, the Dalai Lama and Benjamin Netanyahu and Billy Graham also remained on the list.
As for the most admired women of 2017, the top five still consisted of Democrats and/or socialists – Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren and Angela Merkel. However, it needs to be noted that Hillary Clinton dropped by 3%, Michelle Obama dropped by 1% and Angela Merkel dropped by 1%. Sadly, Oprah Winfrey increased by 1% and Elizabeth Warren increased by 2%.
“But Clinton’s and Obama’s standings this year are more tenuous than in the past. The 9% who name Clinton is the lowest percentage she has received since 2002, when 7% named her in another close first-place finish. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating. This indicates she remains top of mind for enough people who like her to be named more than any other woman in response to the open-ended question, finishing ahead of some women who may be better liked overall but are not as prominent in people’s minds.”
Other Democrats and/or liberals on the list were Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton and Beyoncé Knowles.
The one Republican woman, Condoleezza Rice, on the list in previous years was still on the list for 2017.
New to the list were Melania Trump and Nikki Haley. While both women only garnered 1% of the vote, their inclusion on the list is already causing a stir among many, especially since their total votes exceeded those of Kate Middleton and Beyoncé Knowles.
Some fear that the rising popularity of Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations and former Governor of South Carolina, could indicate that she could pose a serious contender for future elections. She has been playing hard ball with the United Nations and not backing down like the puppets Obama sent to represent the United States. Her strong, hard-lined position in the world theater is causing some political pundits to suggest that Halley could be the best Republican candidate in 2020 for the White House, if Trump’s popularity continues to sag. Not only is her popularity growing, but she could also help garner much of the female vote that has gone to Democrats in the past three presidential elections.
The inclusion of more Republicans on both lists is causing some concern in liberal circles, especially on the women’s list which has not seen such inclusion in some time. If the tax cuts continue to work as they seem to be, it’s likely that these and other Republicans could make the list next year as Democrats see their worship by the public continue to decline.