Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Britons 'proud of their history'

Britain's history topped a poll of what Britons say makes them proud of their country
Britain's history topped a poll of what Britons say makes them proud of their country

Britain is a nation full of tea-drinkers who are proud of their history and think they are funny, a survey has revealed.

Almost half (45%) of those asked said the country's history makes them most proud to be British, compared with 28% who said the Royal Family, the Channel 4 poll from Ipsos MORI showed.

Britons also value the NHS highly, putting it second in the list with 37%.

With the Diamond Jubilee approaching, the royals came fourth in the top 10 sources of British pride, with the armed forces third with 36%.

Despite the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, British sports teams came a disappointing eighth place with only one in 10 citing them as a source of pride.

When asked what the best characteristics of British people are, almost half (45%) said a good sense of humour, while 34% cited friendliness and 30% said a tolerance of all sections of society.

But half of all those surveyed said British people's worst characteristic was drinking too much.

Despite being proud of British people's tolerance, around a third (33%) cited ignorance of other cultures as one of the worst characteristics.

Tea topped the poll as people's favourite drink (38%) and also what people thought was the country's national drink (65%).

The survey was timed to coincide with the Channel 4 documentary series Make Bradford British. Pollsters interviewed 998 adults aged 15 and over to compile the research in January and February this year.

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