Nigel Farage seen as more admirable than Jeremy Corbyn, new poll finds

Written by John Johnston on 18 July 2019 in Diary

The poll boost for Nigel Farage comes at the expense of fellow Brexiteers who have disappeared from the list entirely.

Jeremy Corbyn is now viewed less admirably than Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, according to a new survey from YouGov ranking the world's most respected men and women.

Last year, Mr Corbyn was voted the fifth most admirable man in the UK, putting him streets ahead of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and even the Dalai Lama.

But a bumper year for Mr Farage has seen him leapfrog into the fifth place slot, leaving Jeremy Corbyn languishing in ninth.

Fellow Brexiteer's Messers Johnson and Rees-Mogg have been expunged from the top rankings entirely despite Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Erdogan clinging on in the bottom tranche of the list.

The 2019 results for the UK will give some small measure of peace to Theresa May, who has battled to secure her legacy since announcing her resignation earlier this year. Rising from eleventh to ninth place, the Prime Minister has overtaken Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon but trails Green MP Caroline Lucas who sits in sixth.

But positive vibes about Mrs May do not extend beyond the UK border with her ranking among world figures plummeting three places to nineteenth, putting her just narrowly ahead of First Lady Melania Trump.

On the UK front, the public decided Queen Elizabeth was the most admirable woman in the country, while TV royalty David Attenborough topped the men's poll.

Former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama came second in each of the respective lists.

On the world stage, Ms Obama and chat-show host Oprah Winfrey led the women's poll, while Microsoft chief Bill Gates and Mr Obama retained the top two spots in the men's rankings.

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