A YouGov survey commissioned by property website The House Shop shows that Labour leader Ed Miliband comes out top as the leader that people from the North East would like most as a neighbour. This is in contrast with national results where David Cameron comes top of the leaderboard of the best party leader as a neighbour. The survey also reveals that as a potential neighbour Nigel Farage did not appeal to residents from the region with the UKIP leader coming bottom of the results. 

It was a close call between Mr Cameron and Mr Miliband when homeowners in the North East were asked which party leader they would most like to have as a neighbour. David Cameron scored a respectable 23%, but Ed Miliband edged ahead with 25% of the vote, making him the favourite leader to have living next door for homeowners in the North East.


The survey was conducted by property website TheHouseShop.com as part of their re-launch with a new offering which allows homeowners to choose how they want to sell their home. 

Nick Clegg was not far behind his Coalition partner, earning 21% of the vote, just 2 percent behind Cameron. Natalie Bennett of the Green Party came in 4th place with 18% of the vote, while Nigel Farage of UKIP failed to win over our homeowners in the North East who voted him last with just 13% of the vote. 

North East England Results:

Ed Miliband – 25%

David Cameron – 23%

Nick Clegg – 21%

Natalie Bennet – 18%

Nigel Farage – 13% 

Nick Marr Director of the TheHouseShop.com comments ” The YouGov results show that despite the appeal to the rest of the country Farage does not appear to be the peoples champion of the North East. With only 13% of people opting to want Farage as a neighbour the region clearly don’t identify with him as a person they want to live close too.”

National Results of Which Best Party Leader As Neighbour

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David Cameron Beats Rivals Nationally in the UK as Best Neighbour

David Cameron proved to be overall favourite with 30% of homeowners choosing Cameron over rivals.

-        Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Natalie Bennett came 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th overall with 22%, 19%, 18% and 10% respectively.

-   FFarage and Miliband proved popular with men (22% each), while Clegg (21%) and Miliband (23%) proved popular with women

-        Nigel Farage proved popular with men (22%), however women appear less enamoured with Farage (15%).

-        Nick Clegg faired better with female homeowners (21%), than male homeowners (17%).

-        Natalie Bennett faired better with Welsh homeowners, earning 18% and pushing Nigel Farage into last place with 13%.

 The likability contest between the prospective leaders of our country is well underway, as the party leaders launch their charm offensive in the run-up to the General Election in May. The polls so far have been tight, with Labour and the Conservatives battling for the top spot and the Greens and Lib Dems fighting it out to avoid last place.

It seems that Nigel Farage’s cheeky, cheerful, pint-drinking image is not a winning factor when looking for the best neighbour as Farage came 4th overall with 18% of the vote, nipping at the heels of Nick Clegg with 19%. Both Clegg and Farage lost out to David Cameron for the overall top spot, with 30% choosing Cameron as their favourite neighbour. 

Ed Miliband came 2nd overall, earning 22% of the vote, but with just 4% separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, it was a close call.

Natalie Bennett of the Green Party came in last place overall, with 10% of the total vote. Natalie faired slightly better with Welsh homeowners, earning 18% and overtaking Nigel Farage who was pushed down into last place with 13% of Welsh votes. English homeowners, however, were not as keen, with just 8% wanting Natalie as a neighbour most, compared to 19% for Nigel Farage.

It seems that there is some disagreement between men and women when it comes to who they would most like to have as a neighbour. Farage was popular with men, taking the joint number 2 spot with Ed Miliband with 22% of the vote each, behind Cameron with 30%. Women, however, appear less enamoured with the UKIP leader, who they voted 4th with just 15% of the vote, behind Cameron (31%), Miliband (23%) and Clegg (21%), in that order.


Re Survey Results 

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,168 adults, of which 916 were homeowners who chose to express an opinion at this question. Fieldwork was undertaken between 17th - 18th February 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).



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    Franki Chaffin-Edwards

    Franki Chaffin-Edwards is an experienced property writer and PR manager who has written for various property blogs, industry news sites and national newspapers