For the first time, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been named to the Gallup poll’s annual “Most Admired Men” top 10 list.
Thomas S. Monson
was named in the poll’s 2011 top 10 list that also included heavyweights from the worlds of government, religion, and business. Others on this year’s “Most Admired Men” list are U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the Rev. Billy Graham, Pope Benedict XVI, and American business icons Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
The results are based on a Dec. 15-18 USA Today/Gallup poll that asked Americans to name, without prompting, the person they most admire living in any part of the world.
President Monson’s inclusion on the list caught the attention of the pollsters.
“It is common for the president of the Mormon Church to receive mentions, but [President] Monson is the first to make the top 10,” wrote Gallup managing editor Jeffrey Jones in its blog.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was named the “Most Admired Woman” in the Gallup poll.