Ferguson protesters
Protesters march to show their solidarity with the family of black teenager Michael Brown who was shot by a police officer and died in August in Ferguson, Missouri.Reuters

Ferguson protestors have displaced Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the leading choice of readers, according to TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" poll.

The Ferguson unrest which followed the shooting of Michael Brown on 9 August this year, has attained the reader's attention and has risen to the top with 10.7% votes against Modi's 10%. Modi was the top choice of the readers as he was leading the poll with 11.1% of the votes as of 26 November.

Until the latest poll result, Modi was cruising ahead of all for raising "high hopes among Indians that he can invigorate the country's economy and cut bureaucratic red tape that has slowed development in India," according to TIME.

However, the jury's decision on the Ferguson shooting incident enraged the people of that area, Missouri and many across the world. They have come out against the Ferguson police department, whose officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown.

"A grand jury's decision in Ferguson on Monday not to indict a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has caused an outcry across the United States, as thousands of protesters marched in solidarity with the family of victim Michael Brown."

TIME has been conducting polls since 1927 to find out the most influencial person who has ruled not only the news but also our lives. The voting that is still underway will end on 6 December and TIME will announce its Person of the Year on 10 December.

"Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 6, and the combined winner of our reader polls will be announced on Dec. 8. TIME's 'Person of the Year' will be announced Dec. 10," the magazine said.

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