Winston Churchill was

Winston Churchill was "more inspiring" speaker than Martin Luther King

...with JFK and Margaret Thatcher third and fourth in league table of orators say the British public in a survey for yesterday's Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror. The poll is to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s “I have a dream” speech on 28 August.

The highest-ranked living person in the table is President Obama with London Mayor, Boris Johnson in sixth place as the best living British speaker, just ahead of the three most recent prime ministers!

Orators’ league table

ComRes asked: “For each of the following, please indicate whether you think they were, or are, more inspiring or less inspiring a speaker than Martin Luther King, or about the same?” The scores show the difference between the percentage saying “more inspiring” and that saying “less inspiring”. (Full figures in footnote.)

Winston Churchill +28

Martin Luther King 0

John F Kennedy -11

Margaret Thatcher -33

Barack Obama -36

Boris Johnson -62

Tony Blair -71

David Cameron -74

Gordon Brown -79

ComRes interviewed 2,001 GB adults online on 14th and 16th August 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables on the Poll Digest section of teh ComRes website http://www.comres.co.uk/poll-digest/6/poll-digest.htm

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