Nigel Farage is seen as weirder than Ed Miliband, even after the bacon sandwich incident, according to a poll of voters in marginal seats.
There were mixed results for the Prime Minister, who was seen as out of touch with ordinary people but also as the most intelligent out of leaders from the four main parties.
A third of people said David Cameron was competent and the most “statesmanlike”, while a quarter thought he had the right policies for Britain’s future.
Mr Miliband was just a few points behind on policy but fared badly on the personal front.
More than 32 per cent of people questioned described the Labour leader as “weird” and more thought he was out of touch, although almost as many thought he was intelligent.
Only one in 10 thought he was the most statesmanlike, while a fifth thought he was competent.
In pictures: Ed Miliband trying to look normal
In pictures: Ed Miliband trying to look normal
1/17 The beggar
Ed Miliband casually gives money to a homeless woman in Manchester, surrounded by press photographers.
2/17 The Bacon Sandwich
Ed Miliband buys a bacon sandwich from cafe owner Antonios Foufas at New Covent Garden Market in London as he kicks off a day of campaigning on the eve of the local and European elections
3/17 The Bacon Sandwich
Ed Miliband chats with a cafe owner Antonios Foufas at New Covent Garden Market in London
4/17 The Bacon Sandwich
Ed Miliband embarked on a whirlwind campaign tour of England - but struggled at the first hurdle (a bacon sandwich). Aides intervened after just a few less-than-elegant bites
5/17 Flower Shopping
Ed Miliband talks with a couple of traders at New Covent Garden Market in London
6/17 Flower Shopping
Ed Miliband purchases some red roses for his wife at New Covent Garden Market in London
7/17 Talking Business
Ed Miliband talks with a trader at New Covent Garden Market in London
8/17 Good Morning Britain
Miliband on ITV's Good Morning Britain show on 20 May 2014, a day of gaffes in which he was also caught out by BBC Wiltshire for not knowing who the local Labour leader was
9/17 '£70 Weekly Shop'
Ed was accused of being 'out of touch with reality' after he seemed not to know what he - or the average British family - spends on a weekly food shop
10/17 Drop in Polls
Ed Miliband paid a visit to Leighton Hospital in Crewe to speak with the staff about the NHS, but faced difficult questions about polls showing his personal ratings falling well behind those David Cameron and George Osborne
11/17 On the Sofa with Farage
Ed Miliband appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to debate with Nigel Farage - but has all but conceded defeat in the Newark by-election, allowing Ukip a free run at the Tories
12/17 Wollies in Wellies
Miliband was among a number of politicians to come under fire for 'touring' the floods in the South and South West earlier this year
13/17 Wollies in Wellies
The Labour leader admitted it was 'a difficult decision for politicians whether to visit areas like this'
14/17 Missed Opportunity
Miliband's performance at the Labour conference last year failed to make much of an impression on voters, polls suggested
15/17 Sharing the Moment
Miliband, Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Angus Robinson enjoy their moment with Andy Murray, after the tennis player's Wimbledon win
16/17 Casual Husband
Miliband and his wife Justine are pictured in their hotel room in Brighton as he prepares to give his keynote speech to the annual Labour Party Conference
17/17 The Milibands
Just your average family of four?
Mr Farage topped the weirdness stakes with 40 per cent of people saying he was strange but the Ukip leader scored badly on competence, policies, trustworthiness, intelligence and seeming statesmanlike.
Not many people likened themselves to the political leaders but Mr Farage topped the chart, with 14 per cent of respondents saying he came across as someone like them.
Nick Clegg showed little sign of recovery from the Liberal Democrats' disastrous local and European election results, scoring as out of touch and being viewed worst for trustworthiness, policy and competency.
ComRes questioned more than 1,000 adults in the 40 most marginal constituencies, where little separated Labour and the Conservatives in the last general election.
A poll showed Labour holds a five-point lead over the Tories, while the Ukip were supported by 17 per cent of voters and the Liberal Democrats languished in fifth place, behind “other”, on 7 per cent.
Andrew Hawkins, the chairman of ComRes, said: “Despite talk of the polls narrowing in favour of the Conservatives, this poll shows that in the seats which really matter Labour remain stubbornly in front.
“To have any prospect of staying in power, David Cameron has to persuade voters that he and his party understand the needs and concerns of ordinary people.”