Jesus scored only a handful of votes in a survey of heroes, it emerged yesterday. He came 123rd – tying with President George Bush – near the bottom of a list topped by David Beckham

He is worshipped as the son of God – but even that is not enough to impress young people these days. Jesus scored only a handful of votes in a survey of heroes, it emerged yesterday. He came 123rd – tying with President George Bush – near the bottom of a list topped by David Beckham.

Child abuse allegations have done nothing to dent Michael Jackson’s popularity – he came fourth, following Hollywood star Brad Pitt and singer Justin Timberlake.

Psychologists asked more than 2,500 people aged between 16 and 24 who they most admired. They could name political thinkers, artists and religious leaders but most picked sport and showbiz celebrities. Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, Orlando Bloom and Britney Spears were all in the top ten. Study leader Dr Adrian North, of the University of Leicester, said: “It’s slightly depressing. What links all the names in our top ten is not their great minds but their great looks.”

THE TOP 10 HEREOES

1. David Beckham
2. Brad Pitt
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Michael Jackson
5. Jennifer Lopez
6. Robbie Williams
7. Orlando Bloom
8. Britney Spears
9. Keanu Reeves
10. Angelina Jolie

26th January 2004

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-206691/The-nations-favourite-heroes.html

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