A recent survey conducted by YouGov for Good Money Week has come to an end with Sir David Attenborough topping the list of ‘ethical champions’ that the British public would like to see as the face of the next £20 note.
At least forty percent of the 2,128 people that voted chose Sir Attenborough with names such as Prince Charles, Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver and JK Rowling also on the list.
Prince Charles came in second with just seven percent of the votes and the Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, was third most popular with 4 percent.
A new £20 note is set to be in circulation from 2020 and the poll asked people to vote for the person that they would like to see on the note from a list of 15 people.
However, although Sir David Attenborough topped the voting, JMW Turner, one of the country’s most celebrated artists, is already the planned face of the note, following a previous national poll.
An online petition has been set up with the support of Good Money Week to ask the Bank of England to reconsider who will be on the note and to “break with tradition” by looking towards a more recent Briton who has achieved some amazing things and is a hugely popular figure.
“Maybe it’s about time we became a lot more up to date by using people that have done an awful lot for the world and the planet,” one person wrote on the petition.
“I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to honour such a conservationist,” another added.
“It’s no surprise that Sir David Attenborough came out top in this poll,” said Charlene Cranny, programme manager at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association.
“With his endless conservation work, he would act as a constant reminder to the public to make ‘ethical’ money choices, which is what Good Money Week – now in its 10th year – aims to do.
“It’s particularly important this year as the workplace pension comes into full force and millions of pounds could be chosen to be invested ethically if people were aware of their choices.”