In an online poll conducted by TIME Magazine, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was voted by readers as the person of the year.
In achieving this honor, Un tallied 5.6 million votes and beat out the likes of President Barack Obama, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and television personality John Stewart.
Full results for the online poll can be found at TIME online.
When asked for a response, TIME executive editor Radhika Jones answered:
“While we don’t make our selection based on the poll results, it’s always interesting to see where some of our preferred candidates end up.”
Being voted TIME’s person of the year online is different than being named TIME Magazine’s actual person of the year. To determine the actual person of the year TIME turns to its team of editors. We won’t know who is chosen for this honor until December 19 then the decision is announced live on the Today Show.
By conducting this online poll Time is able to get a sense of who, or even what, the population believes had the most social and cultural impact over the last year.
However, and maybe more importantly, this is not the only honor bestowed on Kim Jog Un in the last year. Earlier in the year he did grace the cover of TIME Magazine, he took control of North Korea in December 2011, and The Onion declared him the Sexiest Man Alive.
All fun and games aside, in just a few short days TIME’s person of the year will be revealed. Until then we can only speculate who that may be.