YouGov tracks English World Cup optimism
Following England's convincing win against Sweden on Saturday, the latest edition of YouGov's It's Coming Home tracker finds that one in three English people (33%) believe that England is going to win the tournament. This includes 43% of those who are following the World Cup.
The continued success of the English team does seem to be drawing people into the tournament – our first survey (conducted on 25-26 June, two days before the Belgium game) found 49% of English people saying they were following the World Cup – this figure rose to 59% prior to the quarter finals and has since risen to 68%.
While many commentators and media outlets are tying the support for the English football team with renewed pride in Englishness, there does not appear to be any evidence that attitudes are shifting. In a survey conducted in March we found 57% of English people saying they are proud to be English, a figure which is essentially unchanged in our most recent poll (58%, within the margin of error from previous polls).