2015 Readers’ Poll results

PolitiFact awarded the 2015 Lie of the Year to the misstatements of Donald Trump.  [CAMERON COTTRILL | Tampa Bay Times]
PolitiFact awarded the 2015 Lie of the Year to the misstatements of Donald Trump. [CAMERON COTTRILL | Tampa Bay Times]

One politician thoroughly trumped his competition for the most significant falsehood in our 2015 Readers’ Poll, taking home first, second and third place.

The overall winner of the Readers’ Poll for the 2015 Lie of the Year was this one, from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: "I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering" as the World Trade Center collapsed.

We offered readers 11 finalists for 2015. It’s the seventh year in a row we’ve asked readers to weigh in via an online poll. We received 7,350 votes this year.

Here are the full results:

"I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering" as the World Trade Center collapsed —Donald Trump. Pants on Fire.

47%

Says crime statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims. —Donald Trump. Pants on Fire.

13.2%

"The Mexican government ... they send the bad ones over." —Donald Trump. Pants on Fire.

10%

In 2006, Planned Parenthood performed more prevention services and cancer screenings than abortions, but in 2013, there were more abortions. —Jason Chaffetz. Pants on Fire.

7.2%

Other

5%

"German citizens were disarmed by their government in the late 1930s," which allowed the Nazis to "carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance." —Ben Carson. False.

3.9%

Pediatricians have cut down on the number and proximity of vaccines because they recognize there have been "too many in too short a period of time." —Ben Carson. Pants on Fire.

3.8%

The gun industry is "the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability." —Hillary Clinton. False.

2.6%

The unemployment rate may be as high as "42 percent." —Donald Trump. Pants on Fire.

2.4%

"In the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei. And that's where they first established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin." —Ben Carson. Pants on Fire.

2%

Planned Parenthood is "the only health care that a significant number of women get. About 30 percent of women, that's their health care." —Harry Reid. Pants on Fire.

1.5%

" 'Denali' is the Kenyan word for 'black power.' " —Viral Image. Pants on Fire.

1.4%