This year is a great year for Britain, what with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympic Games. A new survey has revealed that vast majority of Brits have feelings of pride when it comes to their national identity.
The study, carried out the by social networking website Friends Reunited, found that over 68% (more than two-thirds) of people rate their feelings about being British as seven out of ten or higher. Scoring high in the top ten symbols of Britishness were a love of the Royal Family, football, a stiff upper lip and the Imperial weight system.
82% of those surveyed named fish and chips, 79% said the British Pound and 74% mentioned tea when asked to rank symbols associated with being British. Others that topped the survey include Wimbledon (68%), rain (61%), with The Beatles and cricket being named by 56%.
Meanwhile, across the pond in America, the same survey found that the top associations with Britain are tea, cricket, Wimbledon, The Beatles, the British Pound, football, bad teeth, a reserved nature, a love of the monarchy and a stiff upper lip.
Most British adults suggested that Sir David Attenborough is the celebrity that defines what it means to be British (25%), followed closely by Stephen Fry (22%) and Dame Judi Dench (15%). The Americans also named Dame Judi Dench (13%), Michael Caine (19%), Sir Paul McCartney (7%), Colin Firth (6%) and just 4% said Gordon Ramsay.
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