The current president, who is suffering brutally low approval ratings as his first year in the White House comes to a close, was second to Obama, polling 14% to 17% for his predecessor.
Barack Obama's numbers were down from 22 percent the previous year, but he was the first former president to win since Dwight D. Eisenhower did so in 1967 and 1968.
The poll also indicates that Hillary Clinton will maintain her 16 year streak at the top of Gallup's list of Most Admired Women. "However, retaining that stature may be more challenging in coming years with her political career likely over". Nine percent named a relative or companion as their most appreciated man and 13% did as such for their most respected lady.
The poll found Obama and Clinton have retained their most admired status as they have for the past 10 years, but by much narrower margins compared to past yearly surveys. On the men's side, the 2016 election winner wasn't the, well, winner.
However, Gallup is uncertainly whether she'll continue to come out on top.
However, the website said Pres. Donald Trump's "unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction".
Gallup has been asking about the most admired man since 1946 and the most admired woman since 1948. "She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders". A Gallup poll released earlier this month showed the share of USA adults holding a favorable opinion of Clinton had dropped to 36 percent, a new low.
The poll surveyed 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia between December 4-11, 2017 with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.