Poll asks who’s more influential: Sisi, Erdogan, Netanyahu, or Rowhani?

This year, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani is up against Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, while Egyptian army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces off against Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Reuters)

With the end of the year in sight, editors of the U.S.-based Time magazine will name the publication’s Person of the Year, releasing an issue naming the individual they feel has had the most influence on world events over the last twelve months, for better or for worse.

The designated Person of the Year - which has in the past been Mahatma Ghandi, Adolf Hitler, and most recently, Barack Obama - has another version where web users can vote for who they view as the most influential.

After the initial candidates are picked in a poll, there is a “face off” stage where similar candidates are paired together with users voting which was the most influence of the two.

This year, Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces off against Egyptian army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, while Iranian President Hassan Rowhani is up against Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rowhani’s lead

Rowhani is currently ahead of Netanyahu by a wide margin – leading at 77 percent against Netanyahu’s 23 percent.

The Islamic Republic’s president’s lead could be due to the “historic diplomatic overtures to the U.S.” that resulted in this week’s nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s “outspoken” prime minister and the military leader who led the ouster of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July are on far more equal footing.

Erdogan currently maintains a slight lead against Sisi, with 52 percent of the vote against the army chief’s 48 percent.

Over 840,000 web users have taken so part so far.

Voting closes on Dec. 4, with the final results to be released on Dec. 6.

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