New York: Actor Priyanka Chopra has garnered more votes than Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Time readers’ poll ahead of the annual list of 100 most influential people in the world that the magazine publishes every year.
The magazine said Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won three times more votes than his rival Hillary Clinton, ahead of President Barack Obama, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
The magazine conducts an online poll ahead of publishing the list of 100 most influential people. The poll, a gauge of popular mood, though not essentially scientific, closed on April 13 midnight. The Time list will come out on April 21.
Priyanka Chopra, who became famous in the United States for her role in the TV serial “Quantico”, got 0.8 percent of ‘yes’ votes compared to 0.7 per cent for Modi.
Sanders got 3.3 per cent to Clinton’s 1 percent. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential contender obtained 0.6 percent of the votes. South Korean boy band Big Bang stood second in popularity after Sanders. The polls called for votes both in favour and against a person.
Sanders, who has long benefited from digitally active supporters, led the readers’ poll from the beginning. While he badly lagged behind Clinton in winning the delegates needed to capture the presidential nominations, his populist rhetoric and emphasis on income inequality has allowed him to sustain a stronger-than-expected challenge to his rival, the magazine said in a release announcing the results.
Priyanka Chopra was also ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francoise Hollande and David Cameron in popularity among readers and online vote casters.