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British Social Attitudes Survey reveals we're less proud to be British

And most proud of British history and the armed forces

13 April 2014

The survey carried out by NatCen in the summer of 2013 does reveal, however, that eight in ten are at least “somewhat proud” to be British, the same level as in 2003. Only one in 50 says they are not proud at all.

New findings from the British Social Attitudes survey published today reveal a significant fall in the number of people who say they are “very proud” to be British.

NatCen Social Research’s flagship survey shows that today 35% of people say they are very proud, down from 43% when the question was asked in 2003.

The survey carried out by NatCen in the summer of 2013 does reveal, however, that eight in ten are at least “somewhat proud” to be British, the same level as in 2003. Only one in 50 says they are not proud at all.

Pride in Britain is lowest among the more educated and the young; only a quarter of people with degrees and a fifth of 18-34 year olds say they are very proud to be British, compared with two thirds of people over 65 and those without any educational qualifications.  

What are we proud of?

The survey also asked the public which elements of British society and heritage they are most proud of. The armed forces and British history come out on top with more than half of people saying they are very proud. The public are also particularly proud of achievements in arts and literature and sport.  

• 53% of people now say they are very proud of the armed forces, compared with 44% in 1995.

• 53% are very proud of Britain’s history up from 47% in 1995.

• 36% of people are very proud of our scientific and technological achievements; 35% our achievements in sports; 32% our achievements in art and literature.

The worst performers are British political influence in the world and economic achievements:

•10% are very proud of Britain’s economic achievements, up on 1995 but down since 2003 following the financial crisis and recession.

•10% are very proud of Britain’s political influence in the world; 12% Britain’s social security system; while 17% are very proud of the way democracy works in Britain.

Penny Young, Chief Executive, NatCen Social Research said: “Pride in Britain remains high, but we have seen a noticeable fall in those saying they are very proud to be British over the last decade. It is only those who were the most fiercely proud in 2003, the over 65s and the least well educated, whose views remain unchanged so the trend suggests that our pride in being British is only going to fall further.”

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For further details contact Leigh Marshall: leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk 0207 549 8506 or 0782 803 1850.

Notes to editors:

NatCen Social Research is an independent, not for profit organisation. We believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people’s lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping decisions and services that can make a difference to everyone.

The British Social Attitudes survey has been conducted annually since 1983. Since then around 90,000 people have taken part in the survey. The 2013 survey consisted of 3,244 interviews with a representative, random sample of adults in Britain, carried out between June and October 2013. 904 people were asked whether they are proud to be British.