One in five will not wear a poppy! | Viewsbank

One in five will not wear a poppy!

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.”


I do not wear a poppy, it is a personal choice, partly the anti-establishment in me. I have no problem with other people wearing one. I expect to receive a knock at the door offering a poppy, I will buy one but not wear it, I don't want to upset the seller.

But I do worry that the choice not to wear one or conform to Remembrance commemorations will become more challenging in the future, I may be wrong but when I was younger I am sure commemorations were limited to Remembrance Sunday only.  I would hate to reach a point where the non wearing of a poppy receives the equivalent of a 'white feather'.

I wear a poppy and I am proud to do so. People from all walks of life gave theirs in both world wars so that we could be born and live in country free from dictatorships.

Those who don't wear poppy in thanks and remembrance to these brave men and women should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

Wonder what these people would do if there was another world war would they go to war or just be one of those who would refuse to join up to fight for their country!!!!



I freely acknowledge the debt owed to those who gave their lives in all wars and appreciate the freedom we now enjoy because of their sacrifice.

But I feel that freedom should extend to personal choices we make, including wearing a poppy. What value is there in maintaining our freedom if we are told we should be ashamed of ourselves for our beliefs.. My choices are personal, I am not a conformist for many reasons, and why assume that those who don't wear a poppy would not be willing to fight for a future just cause?

Wearing poppies is a personal choice and although I wear mine with pride I don't mind if people don't.

I do think we should all give generously to this cause, soldiers don't get to choose where and when they serve, but they have to do it. It is their past and current bravery that has kept us free from oppression and it is they we will always rely on in the future.

Well done all you brave men and women.

Submitted by Kate McLaren on Tue, 04/11/2014 - 20:52  Kate, I can appreciate your reasoning but the poppy is to commemerate the unnecessary sacrifices of our Armed Forces in war, not to support war  itself. It can be no different in comparison to laying flowers on a relative or friends grave as a form of remembrance.  You  could say your protest is the same as turning up at a funeral in disrespectfully brightly coloured clothes when everyone else is in black. No one likes war.  

Poppies - a tradition we must continue!

The people who have served and still serve in our forces do so as they are prepared to sacrifice their lives to protect those of us who are not able or simply not willing to do so. Sometimes war is inevitable, if an enemy attacks should we just roll over and surrender or should we fight to defend ourselves? How much nicer would the world  be if we could all just be at peace, well it will never happen, there are too many different religions, races, opinions for everyone to agree on everything, so there will always be fighting to some degree.  It deeply saddens me that many people don't seem to appreciate what men & women suffer whilst out on the front lines fighting in our names. There are no longer any men alive that fought for us in the 1st world war, and not too far in the future will all those who served in the 2nd world war will be gone too and my concern is once there is no-one left to tell the stories how easy will it be for people to forget. That's why we must continue the tradition of wearing poppies to teach our new generations their history. No-one should be in fear of hostility for wearing a poppy, I would never say anything to someone not wearing a poppy, however I would be wondering to myself why they weren't wearing one, my husband is an avid supporter of the forces. but is quite likely to forget to get a poppy or lose it if he does have one, but there are clearly people out there who choose not to wear one as some kind of political protest and this to me is shameful and I would question whether these people would be prepared to put their life on the line for the sake of others.

I wear a poppy, several of them actually, and am proud to do so as is everyone I associate with. I have never met anyone or encountered any hostility over such a dosplay of support with the exception of the COWARDLY attack on gunner Rigby. Anyone displaying hostility to a poppy wearer should be slow roasted over an open bar b que. That sums up my attitude to the undoubtably cowardly slime that would abuse anyone who supports our troops.

I proudly wear my poppy all year, and if anyone doesn't like it, then that's their problem!!

! am a ''poppy day collecter'' and collect in several pre agreed streets and have done so for a few years now. I find that only the (very) odd house will actually refuse - many will say they already have their poppies but more than 60% of those will still give cash into my collecting tin which I really do appreciate. As a ''regular'' now some will wait for me to call.  We collecters are (theoretically) only allowed to collect between allotted dates - and it is annoying to find many shops etc.with poppies available several days prior - BBC newscasters etc. take note.!!     However, as a donation,from whatever source and on whatever date is so very is something to live with I suppose rather than to moan.

I wear my poppy with pride, although 99.9% of catholics refuse to wear or even buy and even complain it's offensive were I come from, the reason being it's british, hey, that's ireland for you.

I have always worn a poppy from being at school. But even though I buy a red poppy, I now wear a purple poppy which I feel should be given more publicity. The purple poppy is a tribute to all of the animals who have helped and given their lives during war times. Just think of the millions of fallen horses in WW1 - much publicity is given to the fallen soldiers but, if it were not for the horses the war may well have been lost (Who knows!). It's not just horses but birds, dogs and many others provide a service in times of war/conflicts. Even today we find dogs on the front line seeking out bombs etc - they should be applauded too.

I havnt heard of the purple poppies. If I had seen them I would definatly of bought one as a tribute to the animals who helped out during war times. I always buy and wear a red poppy, have done for many years now. I think it is disrespectful not to wear one in memorie of all the fallen during the wars.