Viewsbank research shows one in 20 have suffered hostility because of wearing a poppy
But one in four plan to give more because of WW1 centenary
Nearly one in five adults will not wear poppies this year to mark Remembrance Day, a new survey from Viewsbank shows.
Our nationwide research shows 17% of adults will not support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which this year is marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One – and around one in 20 (5%) of people say they have experienced hostility while wearing poppies.
Those who do not wear poppies are unlikely to face hostility however – just 47% of adults believe everyone should wear a poppy.
The commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War may have raised the profile of this year’s Poppy Appeal with the Tower of London art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red attracting millions of visitors – but not everyone will observe the two minutes silence on November 11th.
Around three-quarters of adults plan to mark the silence at 11am next Tuesday – 46% say their work or college observe the silence while 30% plan to mark it privately. However 15% say their work or college does not support it and another 9% admit they will probably forget about the silence.
The commemoration of World War One is likely to mean more money will be raised by the Poppy Appeal this year – one in four people say they are giving more because of the centenary. On average people supporting the appeal donate £2.36 for their poppy with a generous 10% giving £5 or more.
David Black of Viewsbank said: “The Poppy Appeal enjoys widespread support and the commemoration of the outbreak of World War One has made this year’s appeal even more poignant as shown by the crowds at the Tower of London.
“However there is a substantial minority who do not want to support the Poppy Appeal or the two-minute silence as demonstrated by the controversy there is every year.
“It is striking however that tolerance of those who do not wear poppies is relatively high – less than half of adults support making poppy wearing compulsory.”