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    Vladimir Putin Voted Jerusalem Post’s Person of the Year

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    Most respondents to an Israeli poll named Russian President Vladimir Putin person of the year for 2015.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is the person of the year for 2015, according to a poll conducted by the Jerusalem Post.

    “Twenty-nine percent of respondents chose Putin as their person of the year,” the newspaper reported on Friday.

    In second place was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chosen by 16 percent of voters, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took third place with 15 percent.

    Three percent picked Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, two percent Pope Francis and two percent US President Barack Obama; 33 percent of those asked said they didn’t know.

    The survey of 527 Israeli adults was taken on Tuesday by the Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew-language sister publication. In addition to their person of the year, respondents were also asked about the greatest cause for concern internationally, and domestically.

    Regarding the international agenda, 50 percent said the most important challenge is stopping the Islamic State (Daesh), 25 percent cited the Syrian refugee crisis, and ten percent said the US presidential election is the most important development.

    With regards to Israel’s domestic agenda, 45 percent said terrorism is the greatest problem, followed by 33 percent who said Israel’s high cost of living and social inequality is the most important concern.

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