A YouGov/Sunday Times survey of 2,700+ adults living in Great Britain reveals a compelling thought pattern.
Respondents were asked:
Look at the list of people and professions below. In each case, imagine a person in that role had been unfaithful to their spouse, do you think it would be legitimate for the media to report this, or do you think they should be entitled to keep the matter private?
Here’s the breakdown of percentages for those who felt it would be legitimate for the media to report:
- a senior politician – 71%
- a backbench politician – 65%
- a local clergyman – 64%
- a local councillor – 62%
- a top professional footballer – 59%
- a senior executive of a major corporation – 58%
- a well-known actor – 56%
- a television presenter – 55%
- a former reality TV star – 51%
- a normal member of the public – 30%