Almost half of English don’t feel they have much in common with Wales – YouGov
On St. George’s Day, almost half of the people of England don’t believe they have much in common with Wales, according to a YouGov poll.
With don’t knows removed 31% in England told the pollster that they didn’t have much in common, with 15% feeling they had nothing in common, a total rounded up to 47%.
Rather surprisingly, 4% in Wales also thought they did not have much in common with Wales.
Many in Britain also see themselves as having less in common with Northern Ireland, and support the region holding a reunification referendum.
With don’t knows removed, 59% of Britons were supportive of a border poll taking place in Northern Ireland. 66% in Wales thought there should be a poll.
“It appears there is significant disinterest amongst the British public regarding the future of Northern Ireland, as more than half of all Brits (54%) say they would not be bothered either way by the region leaving the UK,” YouGov said.
The poll also shows that Welsh and Scottish people display a level of antipathy to the English flag that is not reciprocated by the English.
Only 44% of Welsh people and 30% of Scottish people hold a favourable view of someone flying the English flag. By contrast, 56-57% of English people have a favourable view of someone flying the Scottish or Welsh flag.
79% of people in Wales had a favourable view of the Welsh flag while only 21% didn’t like seeing it fly. 24% also didn’t like the Union Flag.
“Scottish and Welsh people are much less friendly to the England flag than English people are to Scottish and Welsh flags,” YouGov said.
The poll, however, showed that there was support across the UK for making St. David’s Day, St. George’s Day, and St. Andrew’s Day bank holidays, but only in their respective countries.
50% of people in England thought St. David’s Day should be a bank holiday in Wales, with 20% thinking it should be a bank holiday across the UK.
53% in Wales thought St. George’s Day should be a bank holiday in England, while 19% thought it should be a bank holiday across the UK.