America's top political figures, including President-elect Trump, are 2016's "most admired."

The annual Gallup survey had President Obama as the most admired man and Hillary Rodham Clinton as the most admired woman.

Trump was second, with 15 percent to Obama's 22 percent. Gallup said that sitting presidents typically win the prize.

Clinton won with 12 percent. It was the eighth year in a row that she won, beating first lady Michelle Obama every single time.

Most of the names have been in past surveys, but the incoming vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, made his debut.

"Pence is the only newcomer among the top 10 men this year. Trump has finished in the top 10 five prior times — in 1988, 1989, 1990, 2011 and 2015," said the survey.

Gallup made two notable points.

First, because Obama is leaving office at a young age, he is likely to remain one of the nation's most admired.

"Given the prominence of incumbent presidents as the most admired man, Trump may be the favorite to win the distinction next year, provided he does not have low job approval ratings in December 2017. Even if Obama does not win the honor next year, his relative youth and high favorable ratings could make him a fixture in the top 10 for years. Many ex-presidents have enjoyed long runs on the most admired man list after leaving office," said Gallup.

Second, while 2016 essentially ended Clinton's life in public service, her past may keep her in the minds of Americans.

"Clinton may have a better chance of staying most admired woman based on history. Former first ladies have won the title more than any other role — 35 times in the 67 years the question has been asked. Most of those wins are for Roosevelt and Clinton, but Mamie Eisenhower, Kennedy and Betty Ford also won after their husband's term ended. Clinton may also be advantaged in the future because she will be in a less overt political role. Her highest favorable ratings to date came when she was first lady and secretary of state, while they fell significantly during her two presidential campaigns," said Gallup.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at