Comments about ‘President Thomas S. Monson one of Americans' 10 'Most Admired Men,' Gallup poll says’

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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 28 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

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Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

Well deserved. He's certainly on my list.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

well deserved. he should be #1.

Kurt Matthia
Pleasant Grove, UT

I think I missed the link in the article, but thanks for reporting on it.


I don't get how that many people know him.

small town, Nebraska

I am so glad he made it. He has such a good outlook on life and is so humorous. Good going, President Monson.

Durham, NC

Shaun - he got 1 percent of the vote. On average, LDS make up 2 percent of the population.

Very well deserved but a little discouraging who else got 1 percent of the vote.

Lets see if we can get him to 2 percent next year

Provo, UT

He should be on the list just for what he has done for scouting, not to mention that other thing he does..oh, yeah, being a Prophet of God on this mortal plain

Tooele, UT

I'm currently reading President Monson's biography, "To The Rescue," and as much as I admired him before, I admire even more now.

Specifically, his work in dealing with communist leaders in the former East Germany in getting a temple built behind the Iron Curtain was nothing short of miraculous.

Along with that, his memory skills and work ethic are also quite incredible.

Sure, there are some who likely look at President Monson with different levels of criticism or contempt. That should be expected when it comes to the head of any major religious denomination. But those who have watched him over the years has he has conducted sessions of General Conference, dedicated temples and reached out to leaders of other faiths know the man has tremendous character and strength.

President Monson, we love you!

Provo, Zion

Why did he only receive 1% of the vote.

Anchorage, AK


With LDS at 2% of US population, 1% equals half of LDS polled, selected President Monson.

Compare to Catholics at 22% US population, their 1% for the Pope is the one I raise my eye browse over....

Mike Winder

Congratulations, President Monson! I personally appreciate your lifelong example of caring for others and taking the time to serve your fellow man in even small acts, despite the busy demands of your schedule. We also love that you spent many boyhood summers at your Grandpa Condie's farm out here in Granger--long before we became West Valley City.

saltlake city, utah

He is very much Admired and a person who listens

Cottonwood Heights, UT

It does not matter if he only received 1% of the vote. What matters is that he is recognized for who he is. You do not have to be Mormon to look up to President Monson.

Allen, TX

Well, Mitt did not make the list. Maybe President Monson should run for President.......

Salt Lake City, UT

If people knew of his private acts of kindness, they would be even more impressed.

Huntsville, UT

Moderators, what? Afraid to let someone give an explanation of their opinion that isn't all "faith promoting"?

2nd attempt:

It's hard to admire someone who calls upon his followers to disenfranchise his fellow American Citizens.

Sorry, but that's the way I see it.

West Jordan, UT

When Fox News reported on the top 10 they didn't even mention Pres. Monson, though his name and picture were up there. Obviously, they didn't know who he was or why he would be in the top 10. Too bad they didn't do a little research so they could tell their audience who that 10th person is. I'll bet a lot of people were wondering who "Monson" was. They sure missed the chance for a great story. Pres. Monson is an amazing person!

Provo, UT

This list tells more about Americans than it does about those on the list.

Most Admired" - what does that really mean?

17% of people "most admire" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. 

Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 10 years, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man four years in a row.

Three times as many people "most admire" George W. Bush than President Monson and Twice as many "most admire" former President Bill Clinton (who was impeached for unmentionable behavior).

The list includes Billy Graham and Warren Buffett ahead of Monson, and Monson tied with Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Pope Benedict, and Bill Gates.

It appears people most admire the rich, the powerful, or the famous/popular: fame, fortune, & power... All things warned against by Jesus and Holy Scripture.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

The Gallup results provide interesting insights if you take time to dig into the results. Other Websites indicate the sample size of the Gallup survey was 1019 people. If the LDS Population was modeled accurately we should represent about 20 people- or two percent in the poll. For some reason only half of this 20 chose to Most admire President Monson. I wonder who those Saints are? But what was most surprising was Other seemed to consistently beat out the so-called Leaders. I would assume others are parents, siblings or people who are in frequent interaction the poll participants. I find this healthy that a sizeable portion of the American public is not wrapped in the worship of Cult of personality. So what does the poll mean with Gingrich, the Pope and Bill Gates being more popular than President Monson? Perhaps we game the polls better than other minority groups disproportionately to our polling size

Cedar Hills, UT

I Americans knew President Monson for what he is and what he's done...he would easily be number one. President Monson, though, is in no popularity contest, and has no desire other than to serve God the best he can.

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