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PM Modi Wins Online Poll For TIME Magazine's Person Of The Year

Modi has been voted the most influential figure in 2016. 

05/12/2016 12:49 PM IST | Updated 05/12/2016 1:19 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narender Modi has won the online reader's poll for TIME Person of the Year for a second time, beating U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, to be voted the most influential figure in 2016.

The question put to voters is whether the contenders deserve to be called the most influential person in the world, for better or worse, in 2016.

The TIME Person of the Year is decided by the magazine's editors and will be announced on 7 December, but the online poll is a reflection of global public opinion.

Modi also won the online reader's poll for TIME Person of the Year in 2014, securing more than 16 percent of the almost five million votes cast. But the TIME Person of the Year went to the Ebola Fighters in 2014, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015.

Modi, who won with 18 percent of the vote in the 2016 poll, trounced Obama, Trump and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who all received seven percent of the "yes" vote, and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who received six percent of the votes.

Modi also beat American politician Hilary Clinton and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who received four percent of the "yes" vote.

Modi performed well among the Indian voters, as well as those in California and New Jersey, according to an analysis by poll host Apester, Time Magazine reported.

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