POLITICS

Why You Should Never Try To Fist Bump Or High-Five A Ukip Voter

31/07/2014 14:01 BST | Updated 31/07/2014 14:59 BST
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Next time you run into a Ukip voter, make sure you greet them with a handshake not a high-five. And don't even dream of trying to give them a fist bump. Unless you really want to really annoy them.

A YouGov poll conducted this week asked people whether they had ever given someone a high-five while at work. Only 18% of Ukip supporters said they had, compared to 79% who said they had not.

Lib Dems were the most keen high-fivers, with 37% having given one to a colleague. Just 30% of Labour backers and 28% of Tories had done the same.

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This handshake is awkward, but at least he didn't try and high-five Farage

The survey also showed that the British have an aversion to fist-bumping no matter what political party they support. Only 1% of Ukip voters said they preferred to bump fists than shake hands. The most eager fist bumpers were the Lib Dems, but even then only 4% chose that greeting over the traditional handshake.

One politician known to favour the high-five is Jean-Claude Juncker. The new president of the EU commission caught David Cameron off-guard at the recent EU summit by greeting him with one, either that or he was trying to slap him in the face.

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The most famous political fist bumper of course is president Obama. Who's victory greeting with his wife Michelle was infamously dubbed a "terrorist fist jab" by one Fox News presenter.