Hillary Clinton’s 17-year run as the woman Americans admire most is over as Former first lady Michelle Obama has been voted the woman most admired by Americans this year, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot on the list for the first time in 17 years, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

Former President Barack Obama was named the man Americans admire most for the 11th year in a row, Gallup said.

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President Donald Trump finished second in the poll for the fourth year in a row.

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President-elect Donald Trump with President Barack Obama at the White House (AP)

Gallup has conducted the annual poll every year since 1946 with the exception of 1976.

Fifteen per cent of the 1,025 Americans polled said the woman they admire most is Michelle Obama, who is currently on a tour promoting her book “Becoming.”

Michelle Obama has finished second to Clinton three times before, Gallup noted.

Clinton was named the most admired woman in 1993 and 1994 for the first two years of her husband Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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She claimed the top spot again in 1997 through 2000. She was the most admired woman from 2002 through 2017 — during which she was a two-time presidential candidate, a U.S. senator and secretary of state.

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Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was second with five per cent followed by Hillary Clinton and First Lady Melania Trump with four per cent.

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and a former US senator and secretary of state, has topped the list 22 times including the past 17 years in a row.

Nineteen per cent of those polled said Barack Obama was the man they admired most.

Trump was second with 13 per cent followed by former president George W. Bush and Pope Francis, who was tied with two per cent.

Gallup said the survey conducted December 3-12 had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Other women who made the top 10 this year were Queen Elizabeth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Gallup first began asking the question in 1946. Gallup conducted its annual survey from Dec. 3-12 this year.

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