Boris and Trump top Britain's 'naughty list' for 2020
Donald Trump tops the naughty list, according to the survey from Ipsos Mori, with six in ten believing his year should be rewarded with a lump of coal. Over four in 10 say government advisor Dominic Cummings – who came under fire earlier this year after taking a ?-hour trip to Barnard Castle while the country was under strict lockdown restrictions - is undeserving of presents this year. A total of 44 per cent say he belongs on the naughty list, higher than any elected British politician.
Four in ten believe Russian president Vladimir Putin does not deserve any presents under the tree this year, while around a third say the same for Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. MP Priti Patel, TV presenter Piers Morgan and singer Rita Ora – who recently broke tier two lockdown rules by inviting 30 people to her birthday party at a London restaurant earlier this month – sit just outside the top five on the list.
Those who have played a big role in the community this year top the nice list. After a year no one saw coming, NHS staff, deservedly, are most likely to be seen as nice by the British public, while half believe Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised £33 million for NHS charities in the run-up to his 100th birthday, deserves some nice presents.
England and Manchester United player Marcus Rashford – who was last night recognised for his achievements off the field with an Expert Panel Special Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards – makes the nice list for over a third of those polled after he focused his fame on lobbying the government to extend free school meals during the pandemic, while a similar proportion believe the Queen has been nice this year. Dame Judi Dench finishes the top five on the nice list, with one in five people saying she has been good.
Not all politicians are naughty, with the incoming US Presidential ticket and New Zealand’s Prime Minister successfully bucking the trend. One in five believe Joe Biden has been good compared to eight per cent who say he’s been bad. One in ten believe Kamala Harris deserves some gifts, while three per cent disagree. New Zealand premider Jacinda Ardern has been put on the nice list by 11 per cent of Britons, with only one per cent saying she should be on the naughty list.
Ipsos Mori research director Keiran Pedley said: “This survey tells us something about how Britons look back at 2020. NHS staff are rightly considered heroes, whilst Captain Tom and Marcus Rashford have also captured the public’s imagination with their impressive efforts to help others.
"On the other hand, we know that Donald Trump is very unpopular with the British public and that the Dominic Cummings story really made headlines earlier this year, so it is perhaps not surprising to see those two top Santa’s ‘naughty list’” with the public.
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