The Perfect Man Does Not Exist, Survey Finds

Three quarters of British women believe there is no such thing as the perfect man with most seeing their partner as only 69% perfect.

The poll of 2,000 women revealed the top flaws that leave men falling short of perfection.

Among the biggest bugbears were failure to get on with his partner’s family and friends, using her toothbrush and general laziness. Other shortcomings included watching too much sport and a cavalier attitude to personal grooming.

Bathroom habits were a sticking point for many couples. While one in five women were prepared to forgive their partner for leaving the toilet seat up, using the toilet with the door open, or worse, leaving it dirty were deemed intolerable.

The survey found that the ideal man is clean-shaven, good with children and even-tempered.

More than a third (35%) rate good personality as the most important attribute one in four saw a good sense of humour as the top quality.

Other major failings included leaving nail clippings lying around, driving like a boy racer and being a mummy’s boy.

Nikki McReynolds, marketing director for Remington which commissioned the research, said: "It seems that women are actually quite realistic on what they look for from their partner.

"While they might happily overlook a few common flaws from their guys, there are certain behaviours that men just won't get away with."

The top bedroom gripes were not of a sexual nature but rather leaving clothes on the bedroom floor and snoring.

Miss McReynolds added: "It's clear that while guys may not be completely perfect, there are plenty of things they can be perfect in, in order to please their partner.

"As long as guys take the time to look after themselves, be attentive and keep up appearances then their partner will be willing to overlook the smaller pet peeves."

David Beckham came top in the poll of perfect celebrity man.

"The average guy may not be able to compete with the image of a David Beckham, and their partners don't expect them to – but there are still a number of small changes they can do to make a big difference," said Reynolds.

These statistics paint a bleak picture of the average British man. If Remington commissioned a similar survey among men, no doubt it would reveal that Miss Perfect is just as elusive as Mr Right.