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‘Essential Workers’ Top Reader Poll for ‘Time’s 2020 Person of the Year’

Essential workers, the health care workers, delivery people, grocery store employees and others who continue to risk their lives by working amid the coronavirus pandemic and keeping the country functioning, were the winners of Time‘s reader poll for 2020 Person of the Year. Essential workers got 6.5 percent of the more than eight million votes cast in this year’s poll that asked to choose the person or group of people who had the greatest influence on 2020.

  • Coming in second with five percent of the vote was Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, who emerged as a trusted figure for information on the pandemic.
  • Firefighters were third with 4.3 percent of the vote, for their dangerous work battling historic wildfires in places including the western U.S. and Australia.
  • In fourth place with four percent of the vote were the Black Lives Matter activists who led and inspired nationwide and global demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality after the police killings of George Floyd and several other Black Americans, including Breonna Taylor.
  • President-elect Joe Biden, who beat President Trump in Trump’s re-election bid, was fifth with 3.8 percent of the vote.

‘Time’ will announce its annual pick for Person of the Year in the first-ever ‘Time Person of the Year‘ TV special on NBC on December 10th at 10 p.m. ET, and on time.com.

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