Poll of the Week: Would You Go?
The World Cup has now kicked off and earlier this week we asked 1000 members of Viewsbank Bevhicks86’s question:
“If money were no object, what would be your MAIN reason you would or wouldn't travel to Brazil during the World Cup?”
With so much controversy surrounding FIFA and the host country, Brazil it’s hard to avoid the image of disconnection and divide between politicians/officials and the people. Many people are still dying from hunger while others are spending millions on the games.
But Brazil is a fantastic looking country full of culture and history many of us are not used to and probably even fewer would witness first hand. And with the biggest sporting event ever taking place, people travelling from all over the world to watch games surely now would be the opportune time to visit!
But according to members of Viewsbank, it isn’t.
22% of voters in our poll said that they would travel to Brazil for the football. The football alone. While 3% said they would go to protest or wouldn’t go as a protest.
32% of voters said they’d go to experience the atmosphere and culture of the cities and games but probably wouldn’t watch any football. We understand, it’s not for everyone!
But 37% of voters said they wouldn’t go to Brazil due to not being interested in going there at all! Even if money was no object! Too hot? Too long a flight? What doesn’t intrigue you about Brazil?
6% of voters said ‘Other’ and gave text reasons.
These largely included concerns over safety, although that’s not specified as to whether it’s from recent civil unrest or from existing issues before the build up to the games. A voters said they wouldn’t go because they wanted to avoid anything football related which could be extreme - It’s the world’s most popular and most publicised sport!
They’re not the results we expected which says a lot about our members but the news of some Brazilians switching their support to other teams as a mark of protest is interesting. But for those that do care about their countries’ result, don’t forget to jeer at the entire competition with the knowledge that your home country’s team will inevitably suffer ignominy anyway!
What are your thoughts on Brazil/The World Cup/FIFA?