Bernie Sanders Leads TIME’s Person of the Year Poll (Link)

A dark horse presidential candidate in April, Bernie Sanders has risen to national prominence. His character, values, and message of political revolution have energized American grassroots.

Now, Sanders is leading the TIME Person of the Year reader poll. You may add your vote through December 4, 2015. The winner of the TIME reader poll will be announced on December 7, but we will need to wait until December 9 to see who the TIME editors select as 2015’s official Person of the Year.

Bernie Sanders Leads TIME’s Person of the Year Poll (Link)

With eleven days left to go before TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year poll come to a close, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the upstart candidate for president, holds a wide lead over global notables among TIME readers even as he trails Hillary Clinton in voter polls and fights a long-shot battle for the Democratic nomination.

The self-described democratic socialist currently leads Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist, with 11% in the TIME reader poll compared with her 5%. Sanders also leads Pope Francis and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, and is far ahead of entertainers like Adele (2%) and Jennifer Lawrence (1.7%). In voter polls against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Sanders is consistently losing by about 20 percentage points in national polls. In the Person of the Year poll, Hillary Clinton has earned 1.3 % of the vote, trailing the likes of Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande as well as Nicki Minaj and Amy Schumer. […]

Sanders, who was little-known when he began his unlikely bid for president in April, has become a hero on the Democratic left among progressives disillusioned by growing income inequality and money in politics. With a little over two months until the Iowa caucuses, Sanders faces tough odds to win the Democratic nomination. But he has cast a long shadow over the Democratic primary with his ability to introduce a progressive wish-list including breaking up the big banks, instituting public financing of elections, socialistic single-payer healthcare system and tuition free college at public institutions.

[…] While American political figures from John F. Kennedy to Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan have been recognized as Man of Year after winning the White House (the issue changed to Person of the Year in 1999), no presidential candidate has been named Person of the Year prior to the end of the campaign.

TIME’s editors will choose the Person of the Year, the person TIME believes most influenced the news this year for better or worse, but that doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t have their say. Cast your vote here.

— Sam Frizell, Time

2015 Person of the Year Contenders – Yes/No Votes

Here is the list of the 58 contenders for Person of the Year 2015. The ‘yes’ and ‘no’ numbers were noted by myself around Noon on Tuesday, November 24th. Vote for your favorite

  1. Bernie Sanders – 86% Yes, 14% No. (2016 presidential candidate)
  2. Malala Yousafzai – 60% Yes, 40% No.
  3. Refugees – 53% Yes, 47% No.
  4. Pope Francis – 49% Yes, 51% No.
  5. Barack Obama – 39% Yes, 61% No.
  6. Stephen Colbert – 38% Yes, 62% No.
  7. Elon Musk – 35% Yes, 65% No.
  8. Narendra Modi – 33% Yes, 67% No.
  9. Cecile Richards – 28% Yes, 72% No.
  10. Angela Merkel – 27% Yes, 93% No.
  11. Loretta Lynch – 25% Yes, 75% No.
  12. Viola Davis – 22% Yes, 78% No.
  13. Francois Hollande – 22% Yes, 78% No.
  14. Misty Copeland – 21% Yes, 79% No.
  15. American Pharaoh – 21% Yes, 79% No.
  16. Adele – 19% Yes, 81% No.
  17. Anthony Kennedy – 19% Yes, 81% No.
  18. J. K. Rowling – 19% Yes, 81% No.
  19. Jennifer Lawrence – 18% Yes, 82% No.
  20. Vladimir Putin – 18% Yes, 82% No.
  21. Amy Schumer – 17% Yes, 83% No.
  22. Serena Williams – 17% Yes, 83% No.
  23. Muhammadu Buhari – 16% Yes, 84% No.
  24. Hillary Clinton – 16% Yes, 84% No. (2016 presidential candidate)
  25. Sundar Pichai – 16% Yes, and 84% No.
  26. John Kerry – 15% Yes, 85% No.
  27. Carli Lloyd – 14% Yes, 86% No.
  28. Jorge Ramos – 13% Yes, 87% No.
  29. Taylor Swift – 13% Yes, 87% No.
  30. Mark Zuckerberg – 13% Yes, 87% No.
  31. J. J. Abrams – 12% Yes, 88% No.
  32. Tom Cook – 12% Yes, 88% No.
  33. Travis Kalanick – 11% Yes, 89% No.
  34. Hassan Rouhani – 11% Yes, 89% No.
  35. Donald Trump – 11% Yes, 89% No. (2016 presidential candidate)
  36. Nicki Minaj – 10% Yes, 90% No.
  37. Lin-Manuel Miranda – 10% Yes, 90% No.
  38. Megyn Kelly – 9% Yes, 91% No.
  39. Ben Carson – 8% Yes, 92% No. (2016 presidential candidate)
  40. Drake – 8% Yes, 92% No.
  41. Caitlyn Jenner – 8% Yes, 92% No.
  42. Benjamin Netanyahu – 8% Yes, 92% No.
  43. Xi Pinping – 8% Yes, 92% No.
  44. Janet Yellan – 8% Yes, 92% No.
  45. Mahmoud Abbas – 7% Yes, 93% No.
  46. Bashar Assad – 7% Yes, 93% No.
  47. Palmer Luckey – 7% Yes, 93% No.
  48. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – 6% Yes, 94% No.
  49. Paul Ryan – 6% Yes, 94% No. (Presidential candidate)
  50. Mukesh Ambani – 5% Yes, 95% No.
  51. Charles and David Koch – 5% Yes, 95% No.
  52. Marco Rubio – 5% Yes, 95% No. (Presidential candidate)
  53. Ted Cruz – 4% Yes, 96% No. (2016 presidential candidate)
  54. Michael Dell – 4% Yes, 96% No.
  55. Carly Fiorina – 4% Yes, 96% No. (Presidential candidate)
  56. Kim Davis – 3% Yes, 97% No.
  57. Kim Kardashian West – 3% Yes, 97% No.
  58. Jeb Bush – 2% Yes, 98% No. (2016 presidential candidate)
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