I saw a Yougov poll carried out 4 years ago asking people from the UK which was their favourite and least favourite "regional" UK accents.
Now the bizarre thing is they decided to include southern Ireland in this poll (WTF?), turning into a British (and Irish) isles thing, so of course which regional accent of course topped this poll?
Southern Irish +42
Received pronunciation/BBC English +31
West Country + 13
Northern Irish +5 (surprised about this one)
Cockney - 30
Manchester - 31
Scouse - 33
Brummie - 55 (ouch)
http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_upload...ts_Website.pdf (poll in full)
I'm born and raised in England but I have regular (boring) southern English accent, not pronounced BBC English crap but not cockney either.
Surprised Norn Iron doesn't do better, that people rate a Yorkshire accent MUCH better than a Manchester accent (I can't tell the difference between them so easily), and I thought people liked Scottish accents?
Also is the Scouse accent as unpopular in Ireland as it is in UK? Just curious because Irish people have often been seen as partly to blame for why it exists in the first place. Liverpool spoke like regular Lancashire folk in the 1800s and then it was first considered its own distinct accent in the 1890s thanks to huge waves of Irish immigration.