A new Gallup report shows a rise in support—and even admiration—for President Donald Trump, details James Freeman in the WSJ.
For more than 70 years the survey organization has been asking Americans which man and which woman in the world they admire most. Jeffrey Jones of Gallup reports:
Barack Obama and Donald Trump are tied this year as the most admired man. It is Obama’s 12th time in the top spot versus the first for Trump. Michelle Obama is the most admired woman for the second year in a row.
Furthermore, according to the Gallup survey, First Lady Melania Trump is the second most admired woman.
Mr. Freeman’s explanation on why this is so important as President seeks reelection in 2020 is summed up by Gallup:
The incumbent president has typically been Americans’ choice as the most admired man, having earned the distinction in 58 of the 72 prior Gallup polls. When the incumbent president is not the choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically, which was the case for Trump in 2017 (36% approval rating) and 2018 (40%).
Trump is more popular now than he was in the past two years, with a 45% job approval rating, among his best as president. Coincident with the rise in his job approval rating, the 18% of Americans currently naming Trump as the most admired man is also up, from 13% in 2018 and 14% in 2017.