PM Modi wins reader's poll for TIME's person of the year 2016

Modi also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Hillary Clinton (4 per cent).

PM Modi wins reader

On the path to creating history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the online reader’s poll for TIME Person of the Year, beating out other world leaders, artists and politicians as the most influential figure in 2016 among people who voted.

Even though the magazine’s editors decide the final Person of the Year, the poll results provide a look at how the world sees these figures.




In its report, TIME said that Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed Sunday at midnight. He was placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Julian Assange, who all received 7 per cent of the “yes” vote. Modi also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Hillary Clinton (4 per cent).

However, it has been reported that Modi has been seeing high approval ratings from Indians, according to a September Pew poll, and ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Following the demonetisation surprise announced by Prime Minister Modi, he has come under scrutiny recently.

He announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 ceased to be legal tender since November 8 midnight in an attempt to curb black money, but in turn impacting cash-based businesses and threatening India’s economy.

The polls analyzed by poll host Apester, found that preferences differ across the world and the United States. Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters as well as those in California and New Jersey.

Every year, TIME selects the most influential person of the year, noting, for better or for worse, the person or group of people who have had the largest global impact over the past 12 months.