Obama, Trump, and the pope

No, this isn’t a joke about three guys walking into a bar. David Li of the New York Post reports that the three men have at least one thing in common: Americans’ admiration.

Donald Trump is in a tie with Pope Francis as the second-most admired man in America, according to a new Gallup poll.

President Obama won the poll with 17 percent — his 20th time on top of the survey — followed by The Donald and the pope, who each collected 5 percent.

“Trump’s surprisingly strong and often controversial presidential campaign has made him a prominent news figure this year and, thus, top-of-mind for many Americans,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote.

Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP presidential field has made him a nearly non-stop presence in the TV news cycle.

“This helps explain his strong showing when Gallup asks Americans, in an open-ended fashion, to name the man they admire most.”

Hillary Clinton was the most admired woman, with 13 percent.

Perhaps there’s some irony in the fact that negative reaction toward the most admired man’s policies helped boost admiration for the second-most-admired man.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...