It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but actually, both men just tied for second place in a Gallup poll of most admired men in the United States.
The millionaire, “Build A Wall,” Republican presidential hopeful and the popular “People’s Pope” who pays his own hotel bill and champions the poor each won five percent of the vote – probably from people with rather different world views.
Pope Francis, who has placed second on the list every year since his election, just visited the United States in September, greeting huge and enthusiastic crowds in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia.
Typically, the frontrunner in these polls is the standing president, and this year was no different, with President Barack Obama topping the poll for the eighth year in a row. Hillary Clinton won most admired woman in the U.S. for the 20th time – a record for most admired man or woman.
Other religious figures that made the list were the Dalai Lama and the Rev. Billy Graham, who has appeared on the list 59 times – the record number of times on the list for men and women.
Pope John Paul II appeared on the list 27 times – the 8th most overall, and Mother Teresa was named the most admired woman four times in her lifetime, and made the top 10 list 18 times.