Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman has been named the most chivalrous people in Australia in a new poll. Jackman pipped former cricketer Glenn McGrath to land the first spot.
AFL great Ron Barassi rounded off the top three, reports News.com.au. Tied in fourth place were entrepreneur Dick Smith, cricketer Ricky Ponting and actress Nicole Kidman. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former cricketer Adam Gilchrist and former defence chief Peter Cosgrove tied at number five. The poll of 1500 people was commissioned by whisky giant Chivas Regal.
The study found 83 per cent of Australians over the age of 18 believed that chivalry was important, but only 37 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women believed chivalry was alive and well in Australia. "Hugh tops the list for his clean-living family man lifestyle and down to earth character," Nick Smith, managing editor of GQ magazine and spokesman for the Chivas Regal campaign, said in a statement.
"Interestingly, Hugh was the top choice among women and men,” Smith added. According to the poll, the top five acts of chivalry involved helping others, opening doors, assisting those in trouble, offering a seat and being polite. Supporting loved ones through good times and bad also rated highly. Other top ten names included former Prime Minister John Howard and television personalities David Koch, Rove McManus and Bert Newton.