Trump ahead of Biden and Pope on ‘most admired’ list

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Trump ahead of Biden and Pope on 'most admired' list

Former President Donald Trump tops President Biden and Pope Francis on a list of the world’s most admired public figures released earlier this week, rising two spots despite a series of legal battles and scrutiny over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The annual YouGov survey released Monday ranked Trump as the 13th most admired man in the world. Trump was 15th in last year’s poll, which was released weeks before a mob of his supporters breached the Capitol building in an effort to interrupt the congressional count of electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election.

Pope Francis ranks as the 16th most admired man, while Biden is listed as the 20th. 

All three world figures, however, rank well below Chinese President Xi Jingping and Russian President Vladimir Putin — who come in at third and ninth respectively. 

Former President Barack Obama tops the list of the world’s most admired men for the second straight year, while former first lady Michelle Obama makes it a three-peat at the top of the list of the world’s most admired women.

The rankings are based on a survey of more than 42,000 people across 38 countries done this past spring.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama
Barack Obama topped the men’s list again.
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Notable names on the men’s list include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (2nd), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (4th), Tesla CEO Elon Musk (6th), Indian President Narendra Modi (8th), and Chinese businessman Jack Ma (10th).

Vice President Kamala Harris made her debut on YouGov’s list of most admired women, coming in at 11th – one spot ahead of Hillary Clinton and five spots in front of former first lady Melania Trump. 

Actresses Angelina Jolie (2nd), Scarlett Johannsson (5th), Emma Watson (6th), and Priyanka Chopa (10th) were all listed within the top ten. Queen Elizabeth II (3rd), former Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (8th), and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (20th) were the only other female politicians or heads of state to join Harris and Clinton on the list.

Biden and Harris’ approval ratings have plummeted in their first year in office, while Trump’s has slightly risen since leaving the White House.

Most recently, a CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that nearly two out of every three Americans has doubts and reservations about Biden — with 70 percent saying his policies have worsened the economy or had no effect.

According to the survey, 45 percent of adults believe the president’s policies have worsened the economy while only 30 percent say they have had a positive impact and 25 percent said they had no impact at all.

separate survey done by YouGov and the Economist earlier this month found that 54 percent of US adults had an unfavorable view of Harris while 52 percent have an unfavorable view of Biden.

US President Joe Biden
45 percent of adults believe the president’s policies have worsened the economy, according to the survey.
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The same survey reported that 43 percent of US adults have a favorable view of Biden — and only 38 percent say the same of the vice president. 

Biden and Trump could face off again in the 2024 presidential election. However, the 45th president has yet to formally announce a run, hinting that he will do so following the 2022 midterms. 

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