The nation’s top five predictions for 2012 were:
l Youth unemployment continues to rise (53 per cent)
l One or more countries leave(s) the Eurozone (47 per cent)
l Prince William and Kate announce pregnancy/have a baby (44 per cent)
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Police step up patrols after Bedford car workshop broken into more than 35 TIMES
Burst water main on outskirts of Bedford causes concern
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Three members of the same Bedford family die in Italian road crash
l More riots/unrest in the UK (34 per cent)
l Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition splits up (27 per cent)
Respondents also gave their views on events in the capital when asked if they believed London’s transport system would break down to due to the Olympics (27 per cent) and whether the ‘Occupy LSE’ protesters would finally be evicted from St Pauls (25 per cent).
Interestingly, only 19 per cent of the nation predicted there would be a terrorism attack in London in 2012, dropping from an alarming 50 per cent who said it would happen in 2011.
A year ago, Opinium Research asked the nation for their predictions for 2011 and the two thirds of the nation who believed Katie Price and Alex Reid would divorce were correct.
When asked about the economy in 2011, 36 per cent of the nation predicted that the economy would start to get worse during the year.
After an incredibly eventful year (which included the capture of Osama Bin Laden, riots across the UK, protests across the globe, the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the Eurozone crisis, and the Royal Wedding to name but a few), Opinium Research also asked Britain to rate it’s biggest heroes, villains and victims of 2011.
Top three heroes
l Soldiers in Afghanistan (51 per cent)
l People clearing up after riots in summer of 2011 (33 per cent)
l Protestors in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria (19 per cent)
Despite the hysteria of the Royal Wedding, interestingly only one in ten named Prince William a hero of 2011.
Top three villains
l Osama bin Laden (52 per cent)
l Colonel Gadaffi (52 per cent)
l Rioters in summer of 2011 (51 per cent)
Other villains included bankers (47 per cent), and energy companies (36 per cent), which is unsurprising following the last year of price hikes.
Top three victims
l People whose phones were hacked by newspapers (56 per cent)
l Amy Winehouse (18 per cent)
l News of the World staff (16 per cent)
James Endersby of Opinium Research said: “To say that 2011 was an eventful year would most certainly be an understatement! With the year we’ve had 2012 looks set to be just as hectic, and we watch and wait to see if the nation’s predictions come true.”