By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
President Donald Trump is 2020’s most admired man according to a recent Gallup poll, and U.S. Sen.-elect Cynthia Lummis is not at all surprised about this.
“No surprise to anyone in Wyoming,” Lummis wrote in a tweet on Tuesday responding to an article about the poll from the New York Post.
Trump narrowly beat out former President Barack Obama as the most admired man for this year, breaking the previous president’s 12-year streak as the country’s most admired man.
Overall, 18% of Americans named Trump, 15% named Obama, 6% named President-elect Joe Biden and 3% named Dr. Anthony Fauci as the most admired men.
The remaining top 10 men include Pope Francis, businessman Elon Musk, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, basketball player LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.
Lummis has always been fairly vocal about her support for Trump, noting that he should wait to concede to President-elect Joe Biden following until the Electoral College confirmed the results of November’s election.
She thanked him in a tweet on Dec. 26 “for putting judges and justices who respect the US Constitution and the rule of law on the bench.”
Lummis retweeted First Lady Melania Trump’s post on Christmas Eve about tracking Santa Claus’ trip to deliver presents.
According to Gallup, in the 74 times since 1946 the polling company has asked the open-ended question about who those surveyed admire the most, the incumbent president has topped the list 60 times.
Harry Truman (1946-1947 and 1950-1952), Lyndon Johnson (1967-1968), Richard Nixon (1973), Gerald Ford (1974-1975), Jimmy Carter (1980), George W. Bush (2008) and Trump (2017-2018) are the incumbent presidents who did not finish first in past years.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama was considered the country’s most admired woman for the third year in a row. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris came in second place.