It's true! Americans love British accents

January 18, 2014, 9:00 AM GMT+0

35% of Americans say British accents are attractive and only 9% say they are obnoxious – but the love is all one-way

It's a famous stereotype: in America, a British accent makes you irresistible to the opposite sex.

A new YouGov America survey has shown that British accents are, indeed, very popular. 35% of Americans say British accents are attractive, while only 6% say they are obnoxious.

To American women, the attraction is even greater. 39% of them say a British accent is alluring compared to 31% of US men.

49% of Americans are unphased by British tones, saying the accent is neither attractive nor obnoxious.

But the love is all one-way: a mere 11% of British people say American accents are attractive, while 16% say they are obnoxious and 69% say they are neither.

US viewers are tuning into British TV shows with quintessential accents in droves, with the first episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth series attracting record ratings of 10.2 million viewers in America.

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