One in five Scots to support England in the World Cup

On the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, our latest poll shows that one in five Scots plan to support England.

On the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, our latest poll shows that one in five Scots plan to support England.

Our latest Scottish Public Opinion Monitor found that, among those interested in the World Cup, 20% plan to support England, 7% will follow the hosts, Brazil, and 5% will root for the current holders, Spain. Smaller proportions plan to support Germany (3%), Italy, Argentina, France and the Netherlands (2% each). However, with the absence of Scotland from the World Cup, 39% of Scots don’t plan to support any country, while a further 5% say they will support ‘anyone but England’.

A closer look at the data shows that country of birth and national identity are linked to support for England. Among those born in Scotland, support for England falls to 14% but rises to 55% among those born elsewhere in the UK. Support for England is also higher among those who describe themselves as equally Scottish and British (24%), more British than Scottish (43%) or British not Scottish (57%), while support is lower among those describing themselves as more Scottish than British (10%) or Scottish not British (7%).

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Technical details:

  • This presents the topline results from Scotland
  • Results are based on a survey of 1,003 respondents (adults aged 16+) conducted by telephone
  • Fieldwork dates: 26th May 2014 – 1st June 2014
  • Data are weighted by: age, sex and working status using census data; tenure using Scottish Household Survey data; and public-private sector employment using Scottish Government Quarterly Public Sector Employment series data
  • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses, or the exclusion of “don’t know” categories
  • Results are based on all respondents (1,003) unless otherwise stated

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