The Nation’s most inspiring over-60s

27 December 2017

An exclusive Saga poll reveals the older well-known names that Brits really admire.

He’s set up an airline, owned a chain of record shops, and claimed the world record for flying a balloon across the Pacific. Now Richard Branson has also been voted the country’s most inspirational over-60-year-old.

He beat broadcasting treasure David Attenborough and the Queen in a Saga nationwide poll of more than 2,000 people across all age groups.

He is one of three businessmen in the top ten, along with Alan Sugar and James Dyson, which also featured theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

Unsurprisingly, our poll revealed that 48% of people think hard work an important inspirational characteristic, followed by dedication and contribution to society (both 40%).

Creativity got fewer votes at 18%, but it’s clearly still important: five of the six women in our top 20 are actresses, and the list also includes Paul McCartney and Stephen Fry.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn got almost three times as many votes as Theresa May, who was seen as inspirational by just over 1% of respondents – only marginally more than rocker Ozzy Osbourne.

The top 20 inspirational over-60s

  1. Richard Branson
  2. David Attenborough
  3. The Queen
  4. Alan Sugar
  5. Judi Dench
  6. James Dyson
  7. Helen Mirren
  8. Stephen Hawking
  9. Julie Walters
  10. Paul McCartney
  11. Billy Connolly
  12. Jeremy Corbyn
  13. Maggie Smith
  14. Joanna Lumley
  15. Stephen Fry
  16. Sean Connery
  17. Michael Caine
  18. Prince Philip
  19. Mick Jagger
  20. Anthony Hopkins

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Populus questioned 2,101 people nationwide on November 15 and 16, 2017 


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