An opinion poll by YouGov for the Sunday Times found that supports of the Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats all wanted Germany to win last night’s World Cup final, with UKIP supporters saying they would support neither side.
Among Conservatives, support was split evenly with 43 percent wanting Germany to win and 43 percent supporting neither team. Just 10 percent supported Argentina. The Argentines had slightly higher support among Labour supporters, at 19 percent, although they were still 23 point behind the Germans. More Labour supporters – 34 percent – supported neither side.
Bucking the trend were UKIP voters, almost half of whom (49 percent) supported neither team. Among those who did take sides, the Germans were clear favourites with 38 percent of UKIP voters supporting them over just 10 percent who favoured Argentina.
The results, reported on Political Betting, may surprise some as English football fans traditionally perceive Germany as archrivals. With continued tensions with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, however, English fans have clearly decided to put old rivalries aside in the face of a current threat.