Duterte keeps lead in 2017 TIME most influential survey


Posted at Mar 27 2017 11:47 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte attends a news conference at in Bangkok, Thailand March 21, 2017. Jorge Silva, Reuters

President Rodrigo Duterte has kept the lead in an online poll for Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The latest poll results showed Duterte taking 4% of the online vote, at 76 percent.

He is followed by six people in second place including Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and actress Emma Watson. All six got 3% of the vote.

Other personalities who made it to the poll include performers Lady Gaga (2%) and Beyonce (2%), author J.K. Rowling (2%), TV host Oprah Winfrey (2%) and athletes Michael Phelps (2%) and Simone Biles (2%).

US president Donald Trump, who was named TIME Person of the Year 2016, got 2% of the online vote.

In its explanatory note, TIME said its editors will choose the final list of 100 honorees but will release a separate list based on the reader poll.

Voting on the online poll closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on April 16.

Last December, Duterte also landed on the Most Powerful People list of Forbes magazine.

Duterte has made international headlines with a campaign against drugs that has seen thousands of suspected criminals killed.

He has also announced a "separation" from the United States and plans to realign the Philippines with China and Russia.