Voters may forgive MPs for drug taking and past crimes
Polling has shown 55% of people were annoyed if an MP had never had a "real" job, and 38% thought that going to Eton and not understanding how real people live would be a problem in a leading politician.
But they were less bothered if a politician had a racy past. Only 13% thought that taking drugs when young made someone unsuitable to be a politician, while only 9% were worried about bankruptcy and 5% about being caught shoplifting.
Adam Fleming tested out the figures to to see if the public really were that forgiving about what potential leaders may have done in their past.
14 Mar 2014