POLITICS

Russell Brand And Jeremy Clarkson Are 'Negative Influences On Politics', Say Voters

12/11/2014 16:11 GMT | Updated 12/11/2014 16:59 GMT
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LONDON, ENGLAND OCTOBER 06: Russell Brand attends the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Russell Brand and Jeremy Clarkson have a "negative influence on political debate", voters have said in a new poll.

The comedian and activist has stirred things up since using his guest editorship of the New Statesman magazine to call for a political revolution, going on to develop his message in two interviews on Newsnight and building a YouTube channel with over 700,000 subscribers.

Brand's book, Revolution, is still selling well with the public, as it is currently the 14th best selling book on Amazon.co.uk, having remained in the top 100 for over a month.

In recent weeks commentators and columnists have reacted to his political message with a mixture of disdain and mockery, but his book continues to do well with the public.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson was caught up in a war of words between a BBC chief and the Argentine ambassador, who dubbed the Top Gear presenter "an embarrassment to the British people".

This came after the controversial presenter was branded a "complete and utter idiot" following a tweet from Australia where he revelled in being able to drive on the open road, beer in hand.

According to a YouGov poll, a greater proportion of the public in total (-34%) think Clarkson has made a negative contribution to political debate in Britain than Brand (-33%).

A slightly greater number of those polled see Brand as having a positive contribution (13%) to politics than Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson (7%).

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Brand is better liked by Labour voters (37%) than Tory supporters (16%), however most (51%) of Labour voters dislike him. More young people (42%) support Brand than the over fifties (13%).

Meanwhile, actor and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is seen as making the most positive contribution to political debate, closely followed by Bob Geldof, who recently announced the re-release of 'Do They Know it's Christmas' with Band Aid, 30 years after it first hit the charts.

Leonardo DiCaprio has had less success in his bid to be viewed as a conscientious celebrity, with 7% thinking he has made a both positive and a negative offering.

Twitter users reacted with bemusement to the poll, with one saying that YouGov's findings were a "shame as the rest tend to be worse than him".

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