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
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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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.