The Queen has been voted as providing the best moral leadership for Britons, ahead of church leaders and politicians. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came in second.
A YouGov survey, undertaken for The Sunday Times, asked 2000 respondents to pick three or four names from a list that they considered the strongest moral leaders. Her Majesty topped the poll with 34% of those surveyed. Interestingly, the question was posed before The Queen’s speech was broadcast on Christmas Day, which topped the TV viewing chart.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also faired well, with 600 votes (30%), showing The Royal Family and their work has earned them respect with the British Public, who consider them to be morally guided.
Girls education campaigner and Taliban shot-survivor Malala Yousafzai and the Archbishop of Canterbury came into third and fourth respectively.
The Prince of Wales came in at 5th place, with 8% of the vote, tying with Prime Minister David Cameron.
Leader of the opposition, Ed Milliband, however, came in at joint 15th with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, just 5% of those polled thinking they were strong moral leaders. This was behind names like David Beckham and Dame Judi Dench.
The top 5 were as follows:
- The Queen (34%)
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (30%)
- Malala Yousafzai (19%)
- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (15%)
- David Cameron, and The Prince of Wales (8%)