Christians decide which Biblical character the party leaders represent

Days after Ed Miliband was likened to Moses with his tablet of stone – a new poll carried out by Christian Research for Bible Society, has found that Christians think he’s actually more like Jacob – the man who stole his brother’s birth right. The poll of 1,179 Christians across England, Wales and Scotland asked them to compare political party leaders with a choice of over 50 well known characters in the Bible. 

Eight per cent referred to Ed Miliband as Jacob, the Old Testament figure who usurped his brother Esau's birthright. Over a quarter of those polled saw UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, as being like Herod, the ruler who dealt with the Wise Men from the East who were warned, in a dream to avoid him on their way home.  And 17% compared Nick Clegg to Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus for money. Meanwhile, David Cameron was cast as the troubled king Saul (by 11%), who was eventually succeeded by a young and popular activist after a period of infighting and betrayal. But some of the female party leaders were seen in a more positive light.

More than 1 in 5 of those asked (22%) compared SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon with Deborah, an Old Testament prophet who led her people against another nation. Leanne Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader, was portrayed as Queen Esther, a woman who rose to political power in a foreign land, but who used diplomacy to sue for freedom for her people. And Green leader Natalie Bennett was seen as the original earth mother, Eve (16%) 

Matthew van Duyvenbode, Director of External Relations, Advocacy and Research at Bible Society said, “Although this is a light-hearted look at politics through the lens of the Bible, this poll demonstrates the continuing relevance of the characters and plotlines of the Christian Scriptures in contemporary Britain. These are all cracking stories of betrayal, heroism, power, love, honour and justice, and – although ancient – they still connect and inform these very same issues today.”

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