Teh stoopid, it burns.....
There are plenty of obvious possibilities. The President of the United States is always a strong contender simply because of the power of his office, and this year President Obama led the way in bringing about the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and a historic rapprochement with Iran. Vladimir Putin continued the transformation of the world's second-greatest military power from a wobbly democracy to a blood-and-soil caudillo state, with gays in the demonized-minority role usually allotted to the Jews; at the same time, he helped catalyze the Syrian deal by working with the West. Hassan Rouhani, newly elected as President of Iran, brings a promise of change that could transform the Middle East, though it's too early to tell yet how far that promise will be realized. Angela Merkel won a new mandate to continue the economic destruction of southern Europe via austerity policies. Malala Yousafzai gave the world an inspirational example of refusing to bow to tyranny and backwardness. Even Ted Cruz might be a dark-horse candidate, having brought the world economy to the verge of collapse with his debt-ceiling brinkmanship.
Time's editors make the final choice for Person of the Year, but they also conduct an online poll to gauge opinion among their readers. So who's leading the readers' poll?
See for yourself.
And we're surprised that we have millions of people who don't understand evolution or Keynesian economics?