NEW research of the nation has revealed that, while there are FOUR people we believe to be truly bad, Brits have an average of NINE people in their life who they believe to be sincerely good people.
According to the data, as many as 16 percent of the 2,000 adults polled, claim they have a next-door neighbour who is a nasty piece of work, while more than one in ten (12 percent) think their boss is a truly bad person.
As many as 11 percent said a family member was vile, while a quarter believe a work colleague may genuinely be EVIL.
But despite a small number of bad eggs in the basket, the research discovered more than half (58 percent) of us believe there is more good in the world than bad.
Yet, when the respondents were asked why some people were nastier than others, more than four in ten (43 percent) said they believe some people are simply born bad.
According to the study a third claim to have met someone in their community who they would consider to be truly mean spirited, with a massive 84 percent claiming to have someone in their social circle they just don’t trust.
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A whopping 62 percent said they felt a certain person would be capable of doing something really bad, while 35 percent admitted to having suspected someone they knew when a crime was committed in their local community.
The study was commissioned by true crime channel Crime+Investigation to mark the return of its latest UK true crime commission Murdertown, starring Happy Valley actress Katherine Kelly who takes us back 10 local communities to see the impact on friends, families and work colleagues.
The study shows that 56 percent of Brits said the “bad egg” they know is a friend of a friend, while a quarter said it was a colleague.