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PopWrapped | Politics

Bernie Sanders Wins TIME's Person Of The Year Readers' Poll

Ashley Perna | PopWrapped Author

Ashley Perna

Updated 12/9/2015 11:52am
Bernie Sanders Wins TIME's Person Of The Year Readers' Poll | Sanders
Media Courtesy of Burlington Times

Bernie Sanders has been on a roll lately. He's inspired massive rallies in support of his progressive politics across the country, and this week announced his plan to battle climate change, by proposing cuts to carbon emissions of upwards of 80% by 2050.  Apparently, TIME readers also #FeelTheBern - the Democratic presidential candidate has won the readers' poll for TIME's person of the year in 2015. 

Sanders was up against impressive, and less than impressive competition, and blew them all away. He received 10.2% of the vote, nearly twice what second-place winner and education advocate Malala Yousafzal received. Pope Francis, who was TIME's Person of the Year in 2013, finished in a very distant third, with only 3.7% of the vote.

Other nominees from the political field did not finish well. President Barack Obama only received 3.5% of the vote, whereas Donald Trump only got 1.8% and Hillary Clinton finished with 1.4%. Other Republican candidates such as Carly Florina, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush, received less than 1%. The Koch brothers came in second last with 0.3%, and Dell Inc.'s founder, Michael Dell, placed last with 0.2%. 

Entertainers, not surprisingly, did well, compared to the politicians. Stephen Colbert received 3.1%, Adele 2.3%, and J.K. Rowling 1.9%. Other political figures, business people, and 2015 newsmakers filled out the rest of the list. 

While Sanders may have won the readers' poll at TIME, he is way behind Clinton where it matters. Recent estimates have him nearly 20% behind in national polls, and he doesn't have the certainty of the support from the rest of the Democratic party. Still, his goal has always been to increase political engagement. Sanders spoke with TIME earlier this year, and told them that:

A lot of people have given up on the political process, and I want them to get involved in it. In this fight we are going to take on the greed of the billionaire class. And they are very, very powerful, and they're going to fight back furiously. The only way to succeed is when millions of people stand up and decide to engage.

There is no doubt that he has increased involvement in politics. Time will tell if the rest of the country will #FeelTheBern the way TIME readers have. 

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