Poll: 'Peter Griffin' heads British party

Feb. 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A British poll suggests one-third of adults in the country confuse the leader of the British National Party with the protagonist from TV's "Family Guy."

Money saving Web site MyVoucherCodes.com said its survey of 1,498 people found one-third of respondents identified a picture of party leader Nick Griffin with the name of animated TV character Peter Griffin, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

The Web site said Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the most recognized politician, with 81 percent of respondents matching his name to his face, but his recognition rate fell short of the 84 percent claimed by cage fighter Alex Reid.

"The fact that Katia Ivanova, who is famous for having slept with a Rolling Stone, is better known that (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) Jack Straw and (Home Secretary) Alan Johnson put together is indicative of the fact that the public are heavily influenced by the media," said Mark Pearson, managing director of the Web site. "It isn't for us to judge whether or not this is right or wrong, but put forward the facts: one of which being that a third of people think that Peter Griffin is the leader of the BNP."

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