US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were the "most admired" man and woman in the United States for 2010, a new survey has revealed.
Obama, who has held the title since 2008, led the field of male candidates with 22 per cent.
Mandela, Gates and Bush are also on the list
Obama was followed by former presidents George W. Bush with five per cent and Bill Clinton with four per cent of the votes.
They were followed by post-Apartheid South African leader Nelson Mandela and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, each with two per cent, reports News.com.au.
Hillary Clinton beat Sarah Palin to the top spot
Hillary Clinton held onto the title of "most admired" woman for the ninth straight year after largely dominating the poll over the last two decades.
This year she led with 17 per cent, followed by conservative former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin with 12 per cent and TV titan Oprah Winfrey with 11 per cent.
Michelle Obama and Condoleeza Rice made it to the top five
They were trailed by First Lady Michelle Obama with five per cent and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice with two per cent.
The poll was conducted with a random sample of 1019 adults living in the continental United States.