Via Daily Mail:

Hillary Clinton has beaten First Lady Michelle Obama to be named Most Admired Woman in 2012 – and Sarah Palin came in at number five.

The Secretary of State has won the accolade a total of 17 times – including the past 11 years on the trot – which is more than any other woman in the award’s 52-year history.

The results are based on a USA Today/Gallup poll, which asks Americans to name their most admired man and woman living in any part of the world.

Clinton, 65, finished with 21 per cent of the vote this year, while Mrs Obama came in a distant second with five per cent of Americans naming her as the woman they most admired.

A third of voters named President Barack Obama as their Most Admired Man in 2012, followed by Nelson Mandela who commanded 3 per cent of the vote.

Clinton was first named Most Admired Woman in 1993, when her husband Bill Clinton became President.

She finished second to Mother Teresa in 1995 and 1996, and in 2001 she was runner up to Laura Bush.

This year, four of the top 10 Most Admired Women came from the world of American politics – Clinton, Obama, Condolezza Rice, who finished fourth, and Palin.

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