TIME Person of the Year: Were Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the right choice?

Linley SandersData Journalist
December 11, 2020, 5:00 PM UTC

On Thursday night, TIME Magazine announced that President-Elect Joe Biden and the incoming vice president, Kamala Harris, were selected as the 2020 Person of the Year

A YouGov poll of 1,000 registered voters shows that half (50%) believe that the pair were the wrong choice for the annual honor. More than two in five (44%) say TIME Magazine’s editors made the right choice, and one in 14 registered voters (7%) are uncertain about whether they made the right or wrong selection. 

Three-quarters (76%) of Democrats believe their winning presidential ticket was the correct choice, while 17% believe they were not. Democrats are among the only ones enthused about the decision, however — most Independents (56%) and nine in 10 Republicans (89%) believe Biden and Harris were the wrong decision. 

TIME Magazine editors announced three other finalists that were considered for the prize: President Donald Trump, frontline health care workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the movement for racial justice.  

Among the registered voters who think Biden and Harris were the wrong choice for the 2020 Person of the Year, many would have preferred to see the outgoing president (45%) or Dr. Anthony Fauci alongside frontline health care workers (41%) selected.  

A majority of Republicans who believe Biden and Harris were the wrong choice (58%) would have preferred that President Trump was announced the magazine’s winner. One-third (34%) of this group would have selected health care employees and Dr. Fauci. 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this YouGov Poll 

Methodology: This YouGov Direct Poll using a nationally representative sample of 1,000 registered voters interviewed online from December 10, 2020 at 11:04 p.m. EST to December 11, 2020 at 9:03 a.m. EST. Data were weighted according to age, gender, race, education, and 2016 presidential vote to be nationally representative. The margin of error is approximately 3.9% for the overall sample.  

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