The failed presidential candidate has received the distinction 22 times - more than any other person. Pope Francis took third place with 3 percent of respondents, and the rest of the top dozen men included politicians, religious figures and billionaires.
President Donald Trump followed close behind Obama's 17 percent of the responses with 14 percent according the the survey, which has been taken almost every year since 1946.
Although Trump won easily among Republicans, with 35 percent naming him as the man they admire most, Obama led among both Democrats, with 39 percent naming him, and independents, with 12 percent saying they admire him most, according to the results.
Obama's 10th year as most admired man makes him second only to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Former first lady Michelle Obama, in a close second to Clinton's 9 percent, came in with 7 percent of the polling for most admired woman.
Obama retaining his title this year is a bit unusual. On the men's side, the 2016 election winner wasn't the, well, winner.
Clinton has topped the list 16 years running and taken the top spot 22 times total, which Gallup said was more than anyone else - man or woman.
Obama has earned the distinction as the most admired man 10 times, coming in second to 12-time victor, former president Dwight Eisenhower.
Seventeen percent of those polled found that Barack Obama was the most admired man living anywhere in the world, a title he's had for the past 10 years. "She managed to win this year because she remains arguably more prominent than other contenders".
Results are based on telephone interviews conducted with a random sample of 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia.
Nine percent of participants said they most admired Clinton, which was a decline from her 12% rating past year.
North Korea on November 29 said it successfully tested a new ICBM that put the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. The minister said the UN Security Council resolution to impose further sanctions on North Korea is "a declaration of war".
The harrowing video shows a number of people appearing to be crushed by the bus as it disappears into the subway. He said the bus had been towed off the pedestrian underground passage and the rescue operation was now complete.
The York News-Times, a local newspaper, said they were arrested on Interstate 80, near the town of Bradshaw. The state, like many in the US , has not decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.
Downsizing opened in seventh place with $4.6 million and is expected to finish around $6 million domestically by Christmas night. Two celebrated films, " Darkest Hour " and " The Shape of Water ", expanded to hundreds more screens this weekend.
Before you watch her perform in Las Vegas , watch Gaga talk about her grandest album yet, Born This Way . Brittany Spears, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John has all had successful runs in Sin City.
Beyond getting a flu shot, there are other things we can do for ourselves and for family, friends, co-workers and the community. There were two recent flu-related deaths in McLean County, said Coroner Kathy Davis.
While, it's not confirmed yet if Dror will be designing the bridal gown for the wedding, it is certain that she's in the running. Unfortunately for us, we probably will still have to wait until the 19th May to see what she finally picks.
There's a new Ocean in town, and it looks like she plans on giving George Clooney's " Ocean's 11 " crew a run for its money. But is she exactly what she appears to be? Looking at the trailer, Ocean's 8 will once again be a comedy.
Another ticket in the same draw, with six of the seven numbers matching, won $219,000 and was purchased in Kelowna and Vancouver. Two winning guaranteed $1 million prize tickets were sold in Ontario - one in Chatham and one in the Bowmanville area.
NORAD tracks Santa's trip around the globe
In 1955, a Colorado Springs-based Sears, Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese.
Prince William & Kate Middleton Aren't Fans of This 'Toy'
But before you send out a search party, we're pretty sure Kate's arm is just behind either her own or William's back. The portrait, taken at Kensington Palace earlier this year, will appear on Kate and William's Christmas cards.