Brits reveal heroes and villains of 2016

Our Olympians voted the nation’s heroes of 2016 

As a tumultuous year draws to a close, Opinium Research has once again polled the nation on who they deem to be the “heroes and villains” of 2016, and have sought views on the most memorable events, and predictions for the New Year.

Britain’s heroes in 2016

Team GB captured the nation’s hearts with their performance at this year’s Rio Olympics (25%), setting an Olympic record as the only country to increase its medal tally at the summer Games immediately following the one it hosted, with a grand total of 67 medals won.

Andy Murray came second in our list of heroes of 2016
Andy Murray came second in our list of heroes of 2016

 

World number one Andy Murray came second (21%) beating out last year’s winner the astronaut Tim Peake.

The villains of 2016

President elect and retail mogul Donald Trump has topped the ‘villains’ list this year (39%), following his controversial election win. Russian President Vladimir Putin and disgraced South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius round out the top three on this year’s naughty list (both 33%).

New York, NY USA - July 16, 2016: Donald Trump speaks during introduction Governor Mike Pence as running for vice president at Hilton hotel Midtown Manhattan
Donald Trump topped the list of 2016 villains according to Brits, in a list dominated by politicians

 

This side of the pond, politicians have taken the brunt of the nation’s ire, with Nigel Farage, former –PM David Cameron, Michael Gove, George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Labour-leader Jeremy Corbyn all featuring in the final list.