It’s not often you get to mention the Democratic and Republican front-runners for the 2016 presidential nominations, the sitting U.S. president, and the leader of the Catholic Church in the same sentence in a news article. Monday is an exception.
According to a new poll from Gallup, Americans have named Hillary Clinton, the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and President Barack Obama as their most admired woman and man in the world in 2015; Clinton polled at 13 percent, with Obama at 17 percent. What comes next, in terms of men, might come as a shock to some: Pope Francis and Donald Trump are tied for second at 5 percent.
This is the 20th time Clinton has finished first in the rankings, while Obama has received the honor for the eighth time.
The contrast between the Holy Father and the billionaire businessman couldn’t be more clear. Francis traveled the world in 2015, including a well-received visit to the United States, preaching a message of charity for the poor, peaceful coexistence with Muslims, and welcoming desperate refugees from places like Syria. Trump, on the other hand, rose to the forefront of American politics by calling some Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers while advocating for the closure of some mosques and for forbidding Muslims from entering the United States. It’s not clear how much the two men agree on social issues: Francis vocally opposes gay marriage and abortion, while Trump’s beliefs are difficult to discern.
In the women’s category, Clinton was followed by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, with 5 percent. The women’s rights advocate was followed by Oprah Winfrey and first lady Michelle Obama, tied with 4 percent.