TIME is an American news magazine based in New York City. TIME Magazine’s Person of the year is an annual issue of the magazine that features and profiles a person, group, idea, or object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

The tradition of selecting a Person of the Year began in 1927, and the title has been awarded to a wide range of individuals and groups, including politicians, activists, scientists, and artists. Some notable past recipients include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Pope Francis.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, and “the spirit of Ukraine” have been named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2022 in recognition of their significant contributions towards leading Ukraine to a series of victories in its war against Russia. Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine were likely chosen for this honor due to their impact on the events of the year.

Hence, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on public opinion on TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year selections 2022 to gather public impressions on this year’s TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year.


  • 64.31% are well aware of TIME Magazine’s various titles.
  • 84.15% agree with the selection of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2022.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping should have been the Person of the Year, say 27.25%.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: The Face of Bravery

Along with TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, released another list of influential individuals, groups, or ideas for various titles, including TIME Magazine’s entertainer of the year, TIME Magazine’s athlete of the year, Heroes of the year, etc.

Likewise, we asked the respondents if they were aware of the list. Survey results reveal 64.31% are well aware of it, 29.79% said the same but with limited knowledge, and 5.9% said no.

The following poll results show that 84.15% agree with TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, compared to 2.97% who say otherwise. 12.88% remained uncertain.

Figure 1: Respondents’ opinion on this year’s choice for the Person of the Year title

Likewise, when respondents were asked why they think was the right choice to honor Zelenskyy as the Person of the Year, results reveal 15.06% stated his face of bravery, 14.24% stated Zelenskyy is an exceptional leader, and 17.15% said the Russia-Ukraine war was the most impactful event of the current year.

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Xi Jinping: Predicted Person of the Year

We asked the respondents which shortlisted candidates should have been chosen as the Person of the Year instead. Although Xi Jinping and Elon Musk saw similar results, Jinping topped out at 27.25% while 24.37% for Musk.

Figure 2: Respondents on candidates that should have won the Person of the Year title

Moreover, TIME Magainze honored not only the Person of the Year but also the titles of other individuals such as athletes, heroes, innovators, icons for the year, etc.

Despite the protests and hardships in Iran, the Women of Iran were hailed as the Heroes of the Year. Results reveal that 46.42% were completely satisfied with the choice, while 31.26% were somewhat satisfied.

In contrast, 1.82% were completely dissatisfied, 3.26% were the same but to some extent, and 17.24% remained uncertain.

Moreover, South Korean pop brand Blackpink was recognized as TIME’s Entertainer of the Year. 39.19% showed complete satisfaction with this decision, 32.78% were somewhat, 4.21% were somewhat dissatisfied, and 2.01% were completely dissatisfied with this decision.

NASA Deputy Chief Engineer: Gregory Robinson, Innovator of the Year

Gregory Robinson is an American engineer and the former director of the James Webb Space Telescope Program at NASA. Robinson contributed to the telescope’s development, one of humanity’s most significant developments.

Therefore, TIME selected Gregory Robinson and the James Webb Telescope as the Innovator of the Year.

32.66% showed complete satisfaction, 32.76% somewhat did, 6.05% were somewhat dissatisfied, and 2.21% were completely dissatisfied. 26.32% remained neutral.

Furthermore, Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, a Malaysian actress, was chosen as the Icon of the Year this time. 60.12% were satisfied with this decision, while 10.45% were not.

The next poll asked the respondents about the Athlete of the Year title— Aaron Judge, an American professional baseball outfielder, was picked as the Athlete for the Year 2022. 63.35% were satisfied with this, compared to 8.63% who said otherwise. 28.02% remained neutral.

Finally, several questions were raised regarding the influence of the individuals or the idea that was voted for a particular title. For one, Adolf Hitler was named Person of the Year in 1938. The selection prompted TIME to clarify that the influence may not necessarily be positive in nature; it is the amount of influence the individual or idea had in the particular year.

Figure 3: Respondents on the voting system for individuals for TIME titles

When asked about the above and whether choices should be based on the quality of influence or whether it should be the amount of influence, 66.27% said it should be based on the quality of the influence (positive or negative). 18.14% said it should be based on the amount of influence, and 12.14% of the respondents stood for both points.


Survey TitleSurvey on TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year
DurationDecember 18 – December 25, 2022
Number of Participants20,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.