Scots backing Wales over England at the World Cup, poll reveals
A quarter of Scots want England to do badly at the World Cup, while only 2% say the same for Wales, according to a new poll.
Meanwhile, 40% wanted Wales to do well, while only 18% said the same about England, the YouGov poll said.
YouGov’s Head of Data Journalism Matthew Smith said there was “substantially more goodwill for the Welsh team” than there was for England.
“In stark contrast to the English side, hardly any Scots wish the Welsh team ill.”
Among England fans, there was little dislike of Wales despite sharing a group. Only 5% want Wales to do badly, 9% said they will be supporting Wales, and 35% want Wales to do well even though they are not supporting them.
Four in ten Welsh fans said they wanted the Three Lions to do well, including 17% who will be actively supporting them. However, one in six Welsh people (16%) said they want England to do badly.
A quarter of Welsh people who have no interest in football will nevertheless be supporting their national side at the World Cup, Matthew Smith said.
“While many people are generally turned off football, the World Cup has a way of stirring national pride,” he said.
“This is particularly the case in Wales this year. With the last, and only, other time the Welsh team have qualified for the World Cup being in 1958, this year’s tournament has captured the imagination of those in Wales who don’t normally care for the sport.
“As many as 24% of Welsh people who say they are “not at all” interested in football say they will be supporting the Wales team at the tournament, and another 41% want them to do well. Only 23% seem disinterested.
“By contrast, in England – whose presence at the World Cup is a much more common occurrence – there is more muted enthusiasm among those who aren’t interested in football.
“Nevertheless, one in seven of this group (14%) still say they will support the England team, and 35% want them to do well. One in three (35%) don’t care how England do.”
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