Bernie Sanders tops Time 100 readers’ poll of leading newsmakers

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tops the Time 100 readers’ poll of newsmakers who have appeared on the magazine’s cover and in its feature stories.

Sanders garnered 3.3 percent of the yes votes in online balloting over the past three weeks, the magazine said Thursday, a day after the voting ended. The Jewish Vermont senator was well ahead of his rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, who had 1 percent.

Time said Sanders led the poll from the start.

Sanders edged the South Korean boy band Big Bang, which had 2.9 percent of yes votes. Next was Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 2.2 percent, and President Barack Obama, 2 percent. The top 10 rounds out with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (1.9 percent), Lady Gaga (1.8 percent, and Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Pope Francis and Leonardo DiCaprio, all at 1.7 percent.

The readers’ poll runs in parallel with the selection of the Time 100 — an annual list of who the magazine’s editors believe are the most influential people in the world. It will be announced on April 21.

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