London 2012 'worth the money'

A new poll shows that almost 80% of Britons believe the £9 billion spent on the Olympic Games was value for money.

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Olympics made Britain 'better place to live'

The Olympics occupied just over a fortnight during a year which also saw volatile weather, the Diamond Jubilee and the first double-dip recession since the 1970s.

Asked to consider all these factors together, and to reflect on 2012 as a whole, 49% of respondents said the year made Britain a better place to live.

That compares with 41% who said the opposite, suggesting a positive public take on the Olympics was helping to colour wider perceptions of the year.

Fast flowing River Ure at Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales in June 2012 Credit: Press Association

The overall verdict ought to surprise voters themselves, who in last year's Guardian Christmas poll told ICM by a 60%-30% margin that they expected Britain would become a more miserable place in 2012.

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