Politicians do not inspire active citizenship despite their focus on improving community relations, according to research by the volunteering charity CSV.
Only 3 per cent of those who responded to an ICM poll commissioned by Barclays and CSV for its Make a Difference Day last October said they have been inspired to volunteer by a politician.
In contrast, 38 per cent named friends as the most likely people to inspire them to volunteer; one in five said it was their mum.
A spokesman for CSV said politicians played an important role in setting the framework for volunteering and providing money, but were not effective as its public face.
The charity is set to publish further research in March, this time on the extent to which celebrities influence young people in engaging with their communities.