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News: Billy Graham Named Among Gallup’s 10 ‘Most Admired’ Men in the World for Record 60th Time

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 Evangelist Billy Graham preaches to thousand of people
The 98-year-old famed evangelical preacher made it to the No. 5 slot on the top 10 list, according to findings released by Gallup on Wednesday.
Ahead
of him, from fourth place to first, was former Democratic presidential
hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Pope Francis, President-elect Donald
Trump, and President Barack Obama.
“This year marks the 60th time
Graham has finished in the top 10 — a Gallup record. That includes
making it into the top 10 every year since 1955, with the exception of
the 1962 survey and in 1976, when the question was not asked,” noted Gallup.

“The
results are based on a Dec. 7–11 poll. Since 1946, Gallup has asked
Americans to name the man, living anywhere in the world, whom they
admire most.”
Entrants after Graham that were on the top 10
include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Dalai Lama,
former president Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and Vice President-elect Mike
Pence.

“Clinton
made the top 10 for a 25th time and Gates for a 17th. Former President
George W. Bush finished outside the top 10 for the first time since he
was elected in 2000.”
Born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina,
and raised on a dairy farm, Graham spent much of the 20th century as a
traveling evangelist who preached the Gospel to an estimated 200 million
people in over 180 countries.
It is believed that no other person
has preached to as many people as Graham, having launched several open
air revival meetings known as “Billy Graham Crusades.”
Regarding
his 60th time making the Gallup top 10 most admired, the Charlotte
Observer reported that his record will likely endure.
“Graham’s
record is likely to endure for a long time. His closest competitor for
number of times on the list is former President Ronald Reagan, who died
in 2004. Reagan made the list 31 times,” noted the Observer.
“Graham,
a pastor to presidents and globe-trotting evangelist, has never
finished first on the Most Admired list — a spot that usually goes to
U.S. presidents. But he was runner-up from 1969 through 1974 and again
in 1997 and 1999.”
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