Hate is a very strong emotion.
Manchester United voted ‘most hated company in Britain’
Manchester United are the most hated company in the UK, more so than banks, utility companies or budget airlines, it is claimed.
The results of an online survey of more than 1,000 people, conducted by Online Opinions, show that the side built by Sir Alex Ferguson is the most hated firm in Britain.
No other football team is anywhere near as detested as the Red Devils, which secured 26 per cent of the overall vote, as the success, power and huge worldwide following were cited as major reasons for aggrieving football fans.
Man United owners the Glazer family may not be happy to hear that they run the most hated firm in the country.
The American businessmen are already battling discontent from their own fans, with many upset that the club was plunged into nearly £1billion worth of debt when it was purchased.
Second on the list of hated companies was Ryanair, with 23 per cent of those polled claiming to be fed up with the airline’s ‘money-grabbing’ ways.
Utility company British Gas was named by 22 per cent of respondents as the company they really can’t stand, after repeatedly raising gas prices.
Despite helping to plunge the country into recession with mountains of bad debt, government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland was further down the list, sparking rage in just 16 per cent of those taking part in the survey.
OK, this is hardly a representative survey is it, after all only 1000 people took part which is not exactly a huge proportion of Britain’s population. One wonders also if other football clubs made it somewhere on the list, as only Man United were awarded that honour in the top ten list (see below).
Where did all this hate come from? Is it merely a jealous reaction to the success of the Old Trafford club? Did the website that ran this poll get overrun with supporters of other teams looking to make a point? Will Man City find itself on a similar list in a year or two? These are all questions that are almost as pointless as this poll.
That said, I have to say I have a personal hatred for Network Rail and no love for RBS, I don’t visit McDonalds and Starbucks (usually a good way to avoid feelings of hate for a company is to avoid giving them your money).
• Manchester United – 26%
• Ryanair – 23%
• British Gas – 22%
• McDonald’s – 19%
• RBS – 17%
• Lloyds Bank – 16%
• Starbucks – 14%
• BT – 13%
• Sky – 13%
• easyJet – 10%
• Network Rail – 9%