With just two days left for the voting to be over, Narendra Modi is leading the Time’s Person of the Year poll with a whopping 18 per cent of the total ‘yes’ votes as on Friday.
Since 1927, TIME has selected the most influential person of the year, identifying the person or group of people who have had the largest impact—positive or negative—on the world during that year. Though the editors make the ultimate decision as to who has earned the title each year, the reader poll provides insight into how the world perceives influence. For this year’s poll, TIME editors—in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson—were also able to access information about how candidates made their mark on the Internet, which was available while deciding who would be included on the poll.
Modi performed particularly well among voters in California and New Jersey, earning 17% and 12% of all “yes” votes in those states, respectively. In Washington, D.C., the President, First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton were the most popular choices, with 8% of “yes” votes each. In Rhode Island, Assange earned a noteworthy 20% of votes.
As for the President-elect, Donald Trump’s margin as the top recipient of “yes” votes is highest in North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama, Wisconsin and Louisiana—all states won by Trump in the presidential election. By comparison, his percentage of those votes was lowest in Minnesota, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington D.C.—all of which went to Clinton.
Voting on the reader’s choice poll ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
TIME’s Person of the Year will be revealed on Wednesday.
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