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More than a quarter say they’ve been discriminated against because of their accent

Paul O'Grady
Paul O’Grady hails from Liverpool – an accent perceived as unintelligent, according to the poll

A NEW poll has revealed that more than a quarter of Britons believe they have been discriminated against because of the way they speak.

The new findings, from an ITV news study, suggest the Liverpudlian accent – where thousands of second generation Irish live – sounds the least intelligent.

28% of participants questioned by COMRES, who conducted the regional-accent questionnaire, felt they had been the victim of discrimination based on their accent.

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When asked about how intelligent they found specific regional accents to be, 37 per cent (net) of survey respondents judged the Liverpool accent as being unintelligent, followed by Birmingham (33%) and the ‘Cockney’ London accent (32%).

When it came to trustworthiness, Liverpool also ranked lowest, with 29 per cent (net) finding the accent untrustworthy followed by Cockney London (24%) and Belfast (20%).

Belfast ranked fourth in people’s perception of intelligence, with 23 per cent (net) of those surveyed rating Belfast as smart, while Edinburgh ranked second (38%) and Queen’s English (Received Pronunciation) was first with 62 per cent.

Separate research conducted by the Manchester-based law firm Peninsular also showed that 80% of employers admitted to making discriminating decisions based on regional accents.

No legislation is currently in place to protect people from discrimination because of the way they sound.

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One comment on “More than a quarter say they’ve been discriminated against because of their accent”

  1. Andy Delamere

    Paul O'Grady doesn't hail from Liverpool, he's from Birkenhead.

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