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Manchester Utd ‘the most hated company’ in Britain

LONDON - Manchester United are top of the league... of the most hated companies in Britain.

Britons' disdain for the current leaders of the English Premier League was even greater than for bankers, according to the survey by Online Opinions for The People.

In a survey of 1,000 UK adults, 26 percent said they hated Manchester United compared to 23 percent who cannot stand budget airline Ryanair, the next most despised company.

There is also plenty of resentment for companies who seem to be making big profits while the rest of the country suffers - the third most hated firm is British Gas.

Britain despises the bankers living it up on big bonuses, with 17 percent naming RBS and 16 percent citing Lloyds as financial giants they cannot stand.

The poll, conducted by Online Opinions for The People, showed no love lost either for chains who appear to be taking over the nation's high streets - 19 percent hate McDonalds and 14 percent hate Starbucks.

But, perhaps surprisingly, Brits do not have the same feelings about other retail giants like Primark, Ikea and Tesco, all of which came out well in the survey.

Reasons for hating big business vary, according to the responses, with 61 percent hating banks for their bonus culture, 54 percent despising oil companies for petrol prices and 51 percent who can't stand utilities for hiking up energy bills.

In both north-west England and London they are hated by 31 percent - though many of these are probably supporters of their biggest rivals. That figure falls to 22 percent in the South West and 23 percent in East Anglia.

Ryanair gets the most negative response from Londoners where 31 percent hate the airline, compared to just 13 percent of those in the north-east.

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Published March 30, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated March 30, 2011 at 9:47 am)

Manchester Utd ‘the most hated company’ in Britain

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