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Brits have little time for political correctness or 'culture wars' according to new survey

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The poll was carried out by King's College London and Ipsos Mori and explored attitudes to "woke" behaviour in 28 countries. Respondents were asked to rate their feelings about "woke" behaviour using a scale from zero to seven. A zero score indicated "people were too easily offended", whereas seven meant "people needed to be more sensitive to those from different backgrounds".

According to the survey, some 51 percent of Brits marked their views as falling between zero and three.

This made the UK one of the world's nations most opposed to political correctness, in blow to left-wing activists.

At the same time just 32 percent of those surveyed saw "culture war" divisions as problematic for the UK.

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This compares to 57 percent of Americans, who viewed the US as being split along cultural fault lines.

KCL's professor Bobby Duffy said the results showed that UK citizens were particularly suspicious "of the ease with which people can take offence and the policing of speech".

He told the Daily Mail: "International comparisons put your own country's problems into perspective - and the much greater sense of tension between groups in the US is a useful reminder that we don't, yet, have nearly as deeply embedded divisions or a culture war.

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"There are important signals, however, of the cultural preferences in Britain, with our particular suspicion of the ease with which people can take offence and the policing of speech.

"Of course, this tension is a constant of cultural change, as new generations and contexts have different standards, but it is still a signal of a need for an open discussion of free speech in Britain."

In a surprising find, people from countries with little tradition of free speech were much more likely to be in favour of showing sensitivity to the opinions and feelings of others.

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Seventy two percent of Chinese respondents said people should be more sensitive - China is an authoritarian country where free speech is actively suppressed.

It comes as the playwright and journalist Andrew Doyle used his GB News slot to lambast "woke culture".

During his Free Speech Nation show, he said "woke culture" achieves "anything but social justice" and has become a "secular religion" with an "overwhelming influence" in life.

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