The second most admired man? A tie, including a potential future White House occupant: Donald Trump. He was tied with Pope Francis.
Trump and the pope were the top picks of 5 percent of respondents, just ahead of Bernie Sanders, the pick of 3 percent. Sanders wasn't on the list last year. The pope was in second place, as he is now. Since 2008, Trump has only received 1 percent of the pick once — in 2011, the last time he made noise about running for president.
There is an element of this that is a name-recognition contest, of course. Very few people last year had heard of Sanders; now they have. But Trump's position is still unusual. Even in 2011 and 2012, when he was the front-runner for the nomination, Mitt Romney only garnered 1 and 2 percent of the response, respectively. In 2008, John McCain got 3 percent.
Last year we posited that being president (or first lady) was the best way to become the most admired person in the country. An addendum: Running for president isn't a sure-fire winner, but, at least now, it helps. Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz all got some support; none of the non-outsider candidates did, keeping with the year's theme.
And if running for president isn't your bag, you just need to become pope. Lots of paths here.