Amid Autumn Statement and austerity gloom Osborne's waning popularity will come as no surprise to many.

More than two thirds of Britons want to see Osborne replaced with an entrepreneur and their top choice is Sir Richard Branson, according to a survey by GoCompare.com

Lord Alan Sugar was the second choice as 23% of the 2,000 Brits surveyed chose The Apprentice's frontman to take charge of the country's accounts.

The highest placed businesswoman was Karren Brady, Lord Sugar's aide on The Apprentice, who came in 4th place with 4% of the votes.

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You're hired! Alan Sugar came 2nd in the poll

Ms Brady, who came fifth on the list of potential Chancellors, is the Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club and was once the youngest managing director of a UK plc when she was in charge of Birmingham City Football Club.

The results come days ahead of the Autumn Statement which Mr Osborne will announce to Parliament on Wednesday, introducing the government's latest economic plans.

John Miles, Gocompare.com's business development director, said: "With nearly half of Brits feeling worse off now than they did a year ago it's perhaps understandable that many people would happily swap Mr Osborne for a celebrity entrepreneur with a proven track record.

"Despite having less of a media presence than some of the other possible Chancellor candidates lately, Sir Richard Branson's reputation was enough to make him a clear winner in the poll for men and women, across all age ranges and in all UK regions.

"Although it's unlikely he'd actually want the job of Chancellor of the Exchequer, there are many who'd like to see Sir Richard Branson give it a try."

Perhaps most startling of all, 14% of people want to keep Gideon.

See the surprising list below and leave your own suggestions in the comments.

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  • #2 Alan Sugar

  • #1 Richard Branson

  • #4 Karren Brady

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Karren Brady attends the all new Range Rover unveiling on September 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Burchell/Getty Images)

  • #Theo Paphitis

    Theo Paphitis arrives at the Sky 3D-Women in Film and TV Awards held at the Hilton Hotel in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Picture date: Friday 3rd December 2010. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA

  • #3 Sir James Dyson

    Inventor Sir James Dyson with his knighthood that he received at today's Investiture at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • #6 Another Dragons Den candidate: Hilary Devey

    File photo dated 22/12/11 of Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey who says she has changed her mind about women in the workplace - and that she was wrong to think gender was not an issue.

  • #7 Bernie Ecclestone

    Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One Management, is seen at the paddock before the start of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • #7 Ann Summers Founder Jacqueline Gold

    The new face of Ann Summers Lois Winstone and Ann Summers founder Jacqueline Gold attend the Ann Summers Enchantment Collection launch party at 1 Marylebone Road in central London.

  • #10 Richard Desmond

  • #7 Last minute.com founder Martha Lane Fox

:: The full results:

1st - Sir Richard Branson - 39%
2nd - Lord Alan Sugar - 23%
3rd - Theo Paphitis - 6%
3rd - Sir James Dyson - 6%
4th - Karren Brady - 4%
6th - Hilary Devey - 3%
7th - Bernie Ecclestone - 1%
7th - Jacqueline Gold - 1%
7th - Martha Lane-Fox - 1%
10th - Richard Desmond - 1%
Keep George Osborne - 14%