The House Shop Neighbour Survey Finds The Most Popular Party Political Leaders

By : Nick Marr

UK Property website have conducted a survey of over 900 homeowners in Great Britain to find out which political party leader homeowners would most like to have as a neighbour when asked to choose from a list.

Survey question

“If you had to choose, which one of the following party leaders would you most like to have as a neighbour?”

  • David Cameron
  • Ed Miliband
  • Nick Clegg
  • Natalie Bennett

The likability contest between the prospective leaders of our country is well underway, as the party leaders launch their charm offensive in the run-up to the General Election in May. The polls so far have been tight, with Labour and the Conservatives battling for the top spot and the Greens and Lib Dems fighting it out to avoid last place.

The House Shop  has put an interesting spin on election polling by asking which party leader from a list homeowners would most like to have as a neighbour. The new site, which lets sellers choose how they want to sell their home, has conducted the survey in an attempt to find out which potential Prime Minister comes out on top in the good neighbour ratings.

It was David Cameron who proved to be the overall winner, beating his political rivals to the favourite neighbour crown. Although Cameron took the overall top spot, it was not a clean sweep – when we look at the regional results we can see that homeowners in the North East and North West prefer Labour leader Ed Miliband. Homeowners in Yorkshire and The Humber were not keen on Cameron either, with only 20% choosing Cameron as their preferred neighbour, compared to 35% for Ed Miliband.

Nigel Farage came 4th overall with 18% of the vote, nipping at the heels of Nick Clegg with 19%. Both Clegg and Farage lost out to David Cameron for the overall top spot, with 30% choosing Cameron as their favourite neighbour.

Ed Miliband came 2nd overall, earning 22% of the vote, but with just 4% separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, it was a close call.

Natalie Bennett of the Green Party came in last place overall, with 10% of the total vote. Natalie faired slightly better with Welsh homeowners, earning 18% and overtaking Nigel Farage who was pushed down into last place with 13% of Welsh votes. English homeowners, however, were not as keen, with just 8% wanting Natalie as a neighbour most, compared to 19% for Nigel Farage.

Survey Results Show Diffrences Between Men and Women 

It seems that there is some disagreement between men and women when it comes to who they would most like to have as a neighbour. Farage was popular with men, taking the joint number 2 spot with Ed Miliband with 22% of the vote each, behind Cameron with 30%. Women, however, appear less enamoured with the UKIP leader, who they voted 4th with just 15% of the vote, behind Cameron (31%), Miliband (23%) and Clegg (21%), in that order.


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All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,168 adults, of which 916 were homeowners who chose to express an opinion at this question. Fieldwork was undertaken between 17th – 18th February 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).