With the public set to cast their votes today, a poll of 2,000 Britons has found that Richard Branson is the people’s top choice to lead the country.
According to a survey by Everline, the UK’s biggest small business e-lender, 36% of Brits think that Branson is the best business person to step into David Cameron’s shoes. Alan Sugar came in second with 16% of the vote.
Female business bosses fared badly in the survey: Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den and West Ham United’s Karren Brady trailed behind Branson and Sugar, securing just 5% of the vote each. Younger respondents were more likely to pick Deborah Meaden for PM – among 18-24-year-olds, she secured 9% of the votes. Richard Branson topped the list with 21% of this age group.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the multi-billion-dollar Facebook, and Jamie Oliver came head-to-head in Everline’s poll. Some 3% of respondents want the social media mogul as Britain’s prime minister, and 4% of respondents would like to see the celebrity chef in Number 10.
Despite his global success, Simon Cowell struggled to show that he has the X-Factor to lead the country, with just 3% of votes. But, younger people are a bit more likely to think that Simon has the political prowess needed to be PM, with 7% of 25-34-year-olds picking him for the country’s top job.
The founder of Ultimo, Michelle Mone, was the top choice of 1% of respondents, getting narrowly beaten by David Beckham, who got 2% of the vote.
Russell Gould, COO of Everline, commented: “The business success, ambition and charisma of Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and Deborah Meaden make them great choices to lead the country. Yet, there is a distinct lack of equally aspirational younger business leaders to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
“We hope that the new Government will do more to help small businesses get the support they need to grow, including access to advice and different finance options. This will help pave the way for the next generation of Richard Bransons to inspire people to start their own business and propel the UK’s economic growth.”