The heroes and villains of 2017

As we move into 2018, Opinium has once again polled the nation* on who they deem to be the “heroes and villains” of 2017. With 2018 finally here, we have also revealed the top predictions for the upcoming year.

The heroes of 2017

The unprecedented acts of courage and bravery displayed by the Grenfell Tower firefighters place them atop the list of heroes with 45% of people saying they were their top heroes of 2017. Coming second is Sir David Attenborough at 20% whose narration of Blue Planet II captivating audiences this winter.

 

 

The Grenfell Tower firefighters are placed atop the list of heroes in 2017

 

The villains of 2017

Coming up top in the nation’s villains category for the second year in a row is President Trump, showing that time is certainly not a healer. There has also been an increase in peoples’ discontent towards him, jumping from 39% in 2016 to 60% in 2017.

 

Donald Trump stays in the villains top spot for a second year
 

Revelations surrounding Harvey Weinstein has placed the disgraced filmmaker behind Trump in second place (39%).

The most significant moments of 2017

We also decided to look at the most significant moments of 2017 – the shocking events of the Grenfell Tower (59%) and the Manchester Arena bombing (39%) being the top two of the nation’s most significant.

Political movements have made a marked impact also, with President Trump being sworn in (50%) and the UK General Election (33%) placing within the top six.

Predictions for 2018

As 2017 came to an end, we also asked Brits what their predictions are for the new year. The top prediction for the nation is that Theresa May will either be replaced or will be challenged as prime minister (43%) with the success of Brexit negotiations having a big impact on May’s legitimacy as Prime Minister, and unfortunately 26% of Brits believe they will break down.

 

Brexit talks will likely have a big impact on May’s legitimacy as Prime Minister

 

Donald Trump features yet again, with his impeachment being the nations second most popular prediction (27%). On a lighter note, it is predicted that Meghan Markle will announce a royal pregnancy (23%).

 

*Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,005 GB adults from 15 to 18 December 2017. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.