Time Magazine is taking a poll from its readers to help name the person whom they think most influenced the news in 2015 for better or for worse. Leading the pack are democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
With 5.3 percent of the vote so far, Malala is in good company with other world headliners such as Pope Francis and Angela Merkel. She may only still be a high school junior, but she continues her worldwide advocacy of peace and education for girls.
It has been a year since she won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her activism following an attempt on her life by the Taliban which shot her in the head for daring to continue going to school.
This year, her life was the subject of a documentary film entitled, "He Named Me Malala" and she has spoken out against the Nigerian government who failed to act quickly in locating the missing girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram. She has also asked President Obama to send books and teachers to the Middle East instead of guns and bombs, and she was featured along with first Lady Michelle Obama to ensure education for girls all over the globe.
However, far in the lead of the poll with over 10 percent of the votes is democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. He is currently leading the polls over other presidential hopefuls like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The left-wing senator from Vermont has been making the headlines in the presidential race with his supporters shouting "Feel the Bern" as he continues his platform of undoing loopholes that give tax breaks to the wealthy. A self-described "democratic socialist" and activist since his early years, 74-year-old Sanders maintains an open line of communication with the media and his supporters via active social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
The online poll for Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2015 is ongoing until Dec. 4. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7, 2015.