Billy Graham Set a Record on Gallup’s ‘Most Admired Man’ List

  • Yogita Patel Religion News Service
  • Updated Feb 27, 2018
Billy Graham Set a Record on Gallup’s ‘Most Admired Man’ List

Evangelist Billy Graham has been ranked among the top 10 in the Gallup Poll’s  “Most Admired Man” list more times — 61 —  than any other man since Gallup began the poll of Americans in 1948.

That’s also more times than any woman has appeared on its “Most Admired Woman” list.

The Gallup Organization owed Graham’s record-breaking appearances on the list in part to his longevity. Graham died on Wednesday (Feb. 21) at the age of 99. To make the list, you must be a living person.

Graham never held the top spot on the list, a position most often claimed by sitting presidents. He held the second spot eight times. After Graham, Ronald Reagan holds the next highest number of appearances in the top-10 list: 31.

Looking across several decades, here’s how he ranked in relation to presidents and other influential leaders:


1. George W. Bush

5. Billy Graham


1. Bill Clinton

2. Billy Graham


1. George H.W. Bush

5. Billy Graham


1. Ronald Reagan

2. Pope John Paul II

3. Billy Graham


1. Pope John Paul II

2. Jimmy Carter

4. Billy Graham


1. Jimmy Carter

2. Pope John Paul II

3. Billy Graham


1. Henry Kissinger

2. Billy Graham

3. Gerald Ford


1. Richard Nixon

2. Billy Graham


1. Lyndon Johnson

4. Billy Graham


1. Dwight Eisenhower

9. Billy Graham


Source: The Gallup Organization

Courtesy: Religion News Service

Photo: President Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan greet Billy Graham, left, at the National Prayer Breakfast held at the Hilton Washington on Feb. 5, 1981. 

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Publication date: February 27, 2018