New Survey Shows What Americans Really Think about the British

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Just what ordinary Americans really think about their closest friend will be revealed by a new online project launched today.

A unique web-based project examining the relationship between Britain and the USA has been launched today.

Created by British writer Simon Kerr the “Americans on Britain” project taps into grass-roots opinion by establishing what ordinary citizens really think and believe about the 'Brits'.

In this groundbreaking venture Kerr is asking Americans to submit their innermost thoughts about Britain and the British to public scrutiny, and sparks are sure to fly. "We've already had some extraordinary comments, " said Kerr, "ranging from rants on terrible British food to calls to get rid of the Royal Family."

But other comments have been more positive. "Americans seem to like British cultural contributions - we've had praise for our rock groups, our actors and believe it or not our sitcoms."

So far however, and perhaps unusually given the current international situation, there have been few comments on Britain as America's ally.

"Perhaps that's because Britain will always be the old enemy?" says Kerr.

The background to the project is Kerr's fascination with international relationships. He believes that's a fascination shared not only by the British public but also by all people from all nations.

"We all catch fleeting glimpses of other countries and peoples in the news and the papers and consciously or unconsciously we form an opinion."

"You might think that people just absorb the normal cultural stereotypes, and certainly we expect to get a lot comments on the weather and stiff upper lips, but most people see beyond that and form some really quite insightful and individual opinions – and those are important because everyone wants to know just what people really think about them and this project delivers it on a national scale."

But experts are not wanted. “It’s important”, Kerr commented, “that the project receives just honest opinions from ordinary Americans.

“It doesn't matter if they’ve never been to Britain, it doesn't matter what their opinions are - pleasant or rude, sad or funny, short or long – what’s important is just telling us what you really think”.

All Americans are invited to access the project’s web site at donate their thoughts and opinions – good and bad. The results of the project will be published in a book "Americans on Britain" due out next spring.

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Note to Editors:

Simon Kerr, 40, is a journalist and writer, based in Hampshire, England. He owns and runs a financial newsletter reporting on and writing about the international insurance and reinsurance industry.

In 1999, after a 12-year career as a London market reinsurance broker, Simon joined Insider Publishing, ultimately becoming deputy editor of The Insider and editor of Insider Quarterly (IQ Magazine), before leaving in 2003 to found London Reinsurance News.

Simon is married, with two children.

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