PM Lee Hsien Loong & President Halimah Are The Most Admired S’poreans In The Nation, According To YouGov

YouGov’s Annual Study Shows Most Admired Public Figures Of Singaporeans

If you had to choose someone you admired the most, who would it be?

According to British-based market research company YouGov, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is Singapore’s most admired man, while President Halimah Yacob is the country’s most admired woman.

Man on the right seems jealous

In YouGov’s list comprising international figures, PM Lee ranks at 8th place for men’s category, and Madam Halimah comes in at 11th place for women’s.

The Obamas remains Singapore’s most admired

While PM Lee and Madam Halimah are the most popular Singaporeans, YouGov rankings found that the Obamas are Singapore’s most admired couple.

Former US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama top the men and women’s list.


Other notable favourites include:

  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • Billionaire Jack Ma
  • The Queen of England Queen Elizabeth II
  • Actresses Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson

Apart from PM Lee, local singer JJ Lin is the only other Singaporean that made it to the list.

Measuring “admirability”

Last December, YouGov said they gathered open-ended nominations from people across 41 countries, asking them simply,


Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?

Using these answers, they determined the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least 4 countries.

Then, YouGov adds an additional 10 popular local figures the lists for individual countries.

In January, they then used these curated lists to poll every one of the 41 countries by asking 2 questions:

  • “Who do you truly admire?” — respondents can make multiple selections
  • “Who do you MOST admire?” — respondents can only pick one.

The list is then swiftly finalised. You can check out Singapore’s full results here.

Pride of Singaporeans

Although the list shows that Singaporeans tend to admire international names more, it’s clear that there’s high levels of admiration for our leaders.

What do you think of Singapore’s most admired? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image from Prime Ministers Office.

Tze Chun Choi

Choi can be bought over with the right types of food. So feed him. Please.

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