Netanyahu among 10 most admired men in US

Israeli PM beats out presidents Clinton and Bush, former GOP candidates Cruz, Rubio, Carson, and Romney.

David Rosenberg ,

Binyamin Netanyahu and Bill Clinton
Binyamin Netanyahu and Bill Clinton
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is surprisingly popular in the United States, ranking among the top 10 most admired men.

According to a poll published Saturday by the UK-based YouGov polling service, Netanyahu was tied with the Dalai Lama as the 9th most admired man in the United States.

That ranking put him ahead of America’s two most recent former presidents and a slew of other celebrities and politicians.

Netanyahu ranked ahead of George W. Bush, who came in 11th place, and Bill Clinton, who came in 13th.

The Israeli Prime Minister was just behind current Republican presumptive nominee for president, Donald Trump, who ranked 8th.

Other prominent Republicans who had vied for the 2016 nomination all trailed Netanyahu, with Ben Carson placing 14th, Ted Cruz 18th, and Marco Rubio 21st. The 2012 GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, placed 20th.

Other than politicians, Netanyahu placed ahead of billionaire Warren Buffett (15th), Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (19th), along with a slew of popular actors including Johnny Depp (12th), and Brad Pitt (17th).

President Barack Obama came in first, followed by Pope Francis, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and physicist Stephen Hawking.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, came in at 6th.