There was much cynicism about this question in the Global Power Book; Lewis PR EVP Morgan McLintic quipped: "I Googled ‘respectable politicians’ but nothing came up."
Nevertheless, with 21 votes, Obama gained more support than any other individual, winning praise for his leadership, and his work on healthcare and immigration during a tough economic period.
Lee Kuan Yew (19), the first prime minister of Singapore who died in March 2015, was another popular figure. He was widely credited for transitioning the country from the third world to the first world during his time in charge.
The Clintons (19) emerged as the most popular political dynasty and Winston Churchill (18) was the most admired historical name. The work done by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (15) in helping lead the EU out of financial crisis has not gone unnoticed either and helped her gain more votes than popular figures such as Nelson Mandela (14) and Abraham Lincoln (11).
Interestingly, London Mayor Boris Johnson (six), who is widely tipped to have his eye on the Conservative leadership role, was more respected than Prime Minister David Cameron (four) and Chancellor George Osborne (two). Have our comms leaders given us a glimpse into who will be the leader of the UK in five years' time?
Meanwhile, he’s not a politician but the new pontiff Pope Francis, widely commended for his amenable public profile, won three votes.
Q: Which politician do you respect the most?
1. Barack Obama (21)
2. Lee Kuan Yew (19)
3. The Clintons (19)
4. Winston Churchill (18)
5. Angela Merkel (15)