Gallup: Tebow barely misses list of top 10 most admired men, still finishes ahead of Dalai Lama

On the one hand, he is more pious than the Dalai Lama.

On the other hand, the Dalai Lama’s got a better arm.

After the first two or three names at the top of these lists, it’s a steep drop percentage-wise. Many make the top 10 without a lot of support…

Only a vote or two kept pious powerhouse Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback known for prayer and last-quarter saves, out of the top 10. He still topped the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan monk was first with Mark Goodman. Goodman, 39, a high school principal in St. David, Ariz., called the Dalai Lama “thoughtful, compassionate and always focused on standing up for his people. That’s real leadership.”

Here’s the full list. The male and female winners are just who you’d expect they are, although Palin has slipped a bit this year while Bachmann has gained enough to crack the top 10. Meanwhile, on the men’s side, the list goes like this:

Sixth place: Newt Gingrich(!)
Seventh place: Donald Trump(!!)
Eighth place: Benedict XVI

Newt and Trump ahead of the Pope. Even as an atheist, I’m horrified.

Exit question: Billy Graham has made the top 10 in 55 different years — but has never actually placed first? C’mon.