Gallup's Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century

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Results of Gallup's annual 'most admired' polls were combined with a preliminary 1999 poll to determine the 18 finalists. A final poll was conducted to determine their order.

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11

1

Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

Religious Figure

49.64% (204 of 411 votes)

14

2

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocate

44.77% (505 of 1128 votes)

8

3

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

51.85% (70 of 135 votes)

2

4

Albert Einstein

Scientist

55.23% (671 of 1215 votes)

5

5

Helen Keller

Advocate

54.05% (80 of 148 votes)

3

6

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

55.00% (55 of 100 votes)

15

7

Billy Graham

Religious Figure

33.33% (5 of 15 votes)

12

8

Pope John Paul II

Religious Figure

45.63% (486 of 1065 votes)

1

9

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady

55.26% (84 of 152 votes)

18

10

Winston Churchill

World Leader

10.34% (3 of 29 votes)

7

11

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

51.87% (125 of 241 votes)

10

12

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

50.17% (146 of 291 votes)

9

13

Mahatma Gandhi

Diplomat

51.18% (87 of 170 votes)

6

14

Nelson Mandela

World Leader

52.90% (73 of 138 votes)

13

15

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

44.89% (860 of 1916 votes)

16

16

Henry Ford

Automaker

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

4

17

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

54.61% (521 of 954 votes)

17

18

Margaret Thatcher

World Leader

30.0% (3 of 10 votes)