India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins readers poll for TIME Person of the Year

In a line up that includes President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and Julian Assange, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has garnered the most reader votes for TIME Person of the Year for 2016.

TIME said although the editors of the publication make the final decision on the award, online poll results offer insight on how the candidates are viewed by the public.

A September Pew Research poll found that 81 percent of Indians had a favorable view of Modi in 2016. That number was slightly down from 87 percent in 2015. Additionally, the poll found that even among supporters of the Indian National Congress party, the main opposition group, a majority had a positive view of Modi and of his Bharatiya Janata Party.

The results of the TIME Person of the Year for 2016 will be released by the publication Dec. 7.

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