Billy Graham is One of the Most Admired People of 2015

Gallup conducted their annual poll recently to determine the most admired man and woman of 2015. The question presented was “What [woman/man] that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?”

The top answers for the most admired men were primarily a mix of political figures and spiritual leaders: President, Pope Francis, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Billy Graham.

For the most admired women, the answers were a little more varied. There were six political figures: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Condoleezza Rice and Sarah Palin. There were also human rights leaders Malala Yousafzai and Aung San Suu Kyi as well as influential personalities and humanitarians Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

Hillary Clinton and President Obama won by a large margin.

Billy Graham was voted in the top ten most admired men for “continuing a 50-plus year streak.”

“Billy Graham has finished in the top 10 overall more than anyone else—a record 59 times. Next in line is Queen Elizabeth, who has made the most admired list 47 times,” wrote the Billy Graham organization.

Politicians have great influence on culture, but religious and faith leaders have made their mark on society as well.

Billy Graham’s organization shared, “Gallup’s annual survey no doubt shows the great influence of politicians. It’s why Billy Graham often encouraged Christians to run for office and why his son, Franklin Graham, plans to challenge believers to do the same with the Decision America Tour in 2016.”

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Esther Laurie
Esther Laurie is a staff writer at ChurchLeaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.