President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton topped the list of people Americans admired most in 2012, polling firm Gallup said Monday.

Gallup recalled that while Clinton has been the "most admired woman" for 11 years in a row, Obama has been the "most admired man" for five straight years.

This year's rankings come from a Gallup survey taken for the daily USA Today on Dec. 19-22 among 1,038 adults, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

Of those interviewed, 21 percent mentioned Clinton as the woman they most admired this year, followed by first lady Michelle Obama with 5 percent, television personality Oprah Winfrey with 4 percent, ex-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice with 3 percent, and ex-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin with 2 percent.

While 30 percent of respondents pointed to Obama as the most admired man of the year, 3 percent chose former South African President Nelson Mandela, 2 percent picked defeated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and 2 percent opted for evangelist Billy Graham.

Hillary Clinton had another distinction - she is the Gallup poll's most admired woman out of all the women in the running since 1948. She has occupied that position 17 times, compared with Eleanor Roosevelt who headed the list 13 times, ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with six wins, and Jacqueline Kennedy, who was the most admired woman on five separate occasions. EFE