Call for YouGov to scrap ‘absurd’ Midlands-Wales polling region after England football survey
There have been renewed calls for YouGov to scrap their “absurd” Midlands-Wales polling region after the pollster quizzed respondents about whether they were supporting England or Germany for last night’s game.
The results for Wales, which has its own national football team, were included with those of the English Midlands, rendering the results for the nation essentially meaningless.
YouGov include Midlands-Wales as a category in most UK-wide polls, despite often polling issues such as Covid-19 restrictions where the rules are different on both sides of the border. Scotland is included as its own separate region in the results.
56% of Brits will be cheering on England in their match against Germany this afternoon
— YouGov (@YouGov) June 29, 2021
The incongruity of the latest set of results, however, drew a strong response on social media, with one asking: “Where the f**k is Midlands-Wales?”
“Honestly it’s absurd, the only one worse than this was polling on attitudes towards devolution that also grouped Wales and Midlands,” David Bowen said.
“‘Midlands Wales’ is a rather odd grouping,” said Hywel Daniel. “You’d expect the Midlands to support England given that it’s in England. Wales isn’t.”
“Wales and the Midlands together? Absurd,” said Ken Brocklesby.
“Would you like to share your workings out?” Carin Davies asked. “Midlands – of England I presume – with Wales? A different country.”
According to the poll, 60% in ‘Midlands-Wales’ would be supporting England, while 5% would be supporting Germany.
The Midlands-Wales Football Association did not exist for comment.