Barack Obama Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton 'most admired' man and woman in US US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were the "most admired" man and woman in the United States in 2010, according to an annual Gallup poll. The survey was carried out on December 10-12 with a random sample of 1,019 adults living in the continental United States Photo: AP 11:48PM GMT 27 Dec 2010 Mr Obama led the field of male candidates with 22 per cent, followed by former presidents George W. Bush (five per cent) and Bill Clinton (four per cent). They were followed by post-Apartheid South African leader Nelson Mandela and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, each with two per cent. Mr Obama has held the title since 2008, after he won the election and became the first African-American US president. That year he was the "most admired" by 32 per cent of those polled. Hillary Clinton held onto the title of "most admired" woman for the ninth straight year after largely dominating the poll over the last two decades. This year she led with 17 per cent, followed by conservative former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin with 12 per cent and TV titan Oprah Winfrey with 11 per cent.