There is currently a poll on TIME.com where you can vote for the person you think is the most influential person in the world. The list includes people like Dr. Ron Paul, Lady Gaga, Anonymous, George R. R. Martin, Barack Obama, and Stephen Colbert.
TIME.com asks you to vote:
Cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. Official voting ends on Friday, April 6, and the poll winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue. The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by our editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.
Stephen Colbert is currently in 11th place on this list. President Barack Obama is in 13th place.
Based on votes, Stephen Colbert is more influential than a sitting president.
In fact, the only presidential candidate who has more votes than Stephen Colbert is Dr. Ron Paul.
TIME.com describes Stephen Colbert as:
Is it even fair to continue calling Stephen Colbert a comedian? In recent years he’s stretched the boundaries of his emmy-winning fake punditry to their limits, and beyond. In 2010, he and Jon Stewart held a tongue-mostly-in-cheek Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Washington Mall, drawing tens of thousands. Now he’s mulling a presidential bid, backed (but not in cooperation with) his own super PAC. In the process he’s morphed from a mere satirist to a political performance artist.
Dr. Paul currently has over four times as many votes as President Obama with over 33,000 votes. Mitt Romney is the next highest GOP Presidential candidate with a little over 1,000 votes (compared to President Obama’s over 7,000). Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are within 100 votes of each other with a little over 500 votes each. In fact, more people voted “No Way” for Rick Santorum in the list than voted yes for President Obama.
So, Stephen Colbert, how does it feel to be voted more influential than a sitting president?
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