A weekly newspaper is asking its readers whether they consider themselves English or Cornish.
The vote by The Cornishman comes after the announcement that the county’s culture and identity have been given protected status came too late for its weekly deadline.
Early results were: 79 per cent Cornish and 15 per cent English. Six per cent do not know.
Editor Jacqui Walls said: “The announcement came at the wrong time for the newspaper but we got a story online straight away and are carrying a poll asking people whether they consider themselves Cornish or English.
“We’ll cover the entire debate with reaction in print next week.”
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, today announced the protected status, under the 1998 European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities bill.
The decision has put Cornish heritage in line with the legal recognition afforded to Scottish, Welsh and Irish cultures.
Speaking on a visit to Bodmin, Mr Alexander said: “Cornish people have a proud history and a distinct identity. I am delighted that we have been able to officially recognise this and afford the Cornish people the same status as other minorities in the UK.”