53% of French people could boycott him by not watching the matches


One year and one day before the kick-off of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (21 November-18 December), France is the big favorite of the event: 54% of French people and 64% of football fans see the Blues win and thus keep their title acquired in Russia in 2018. Kylian Mbappé is also the favorite player of the France team of the French (32%) and football fans (32%).

At the same time, the organization of the World Cup in Qatar calls out to those polled: 71% consider that the situation in this country in terms of human rights does not correspond to FIFA’s values, 70% say that it concerns them and 53% could boycott the event by not watching the matches. However, 58% of French people and 66% of football fans do not want the France team to boycott the competition.

Finally, 71% of French people and 66% of football fans are opposed to FIFA’s plan to schedule the World Cup every two years and no longer every four years. Here are the main findings of the latest survey conducted by Odoxa for Keneo and RTL. The survey was carried out using the Internet quota method on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November 2021 with a sample of 1,005 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over, among which 436 football fans.

1. France favorite

Not only 54% of French people and 64% of football fans see the Blues as winners in 2022, but in addition the France team does not seem not have major competitors in their minds. Among the French, only 7% of those interviewed cite Germany as a possible winner, 6% Brazil and 6% Italy. Among football fans, the other nations cited stand out at an even lower level: 5% predict a success for Germany, Spain and England.

Note also that the predictions of success for the France team are very strong increase compared to what we measured upstream of the previous edition in May 2018 : the share of people seeing the Blues winning the event was much lower among the French (29%) as among football fans (37%).

However, this optimistic prognosis will not be able to overcome the need to prevail in the field: in March 2002, 74% of French people believed that the French team would win the World Cup for the second time in a row. She was eliminated in the first round …

2022 World Cup: France favorite

2022 World Cup: France favorite

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2. Mbappé above the lot in hearts

At only 22 years old but after already more than four years in the France team, Kylian Mbappé remains the favorite Blues player of the French and regains credit with the
football fans. The PSG striker was already the favorite of the French in early June (24%) but he was only slightly ahead of Antoine Griezmann (18%). He widens the gap today by gaining eight points (32%) when « Grizou » wins two (20%).

In our measure at the beginning of June, N’Golo Kanté, winner of the Champions League with Chelsea and best player of the final, dethroned Kylian Mbappé in the preferences of football fans. Today, Kylian Mbappé has found greater credit in this expert population and is at the top of the ranking (32%, +9 pts) ahead of Griezmann (17%, +2 pts), Hugo Lloris (13%, +3 pts ) and N’Golo Kanté (13%, -11 pts), which fell sharply.

France team: Mbappé above the lot in the hearts

France team: Mbappé above the lot in the hearts

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3. Qatar frowned upon

International pressure is mounting around the host country after the publication this week of an Amnesty International report indicating that violations of workers’ rights continue in that country.

This critical view of the human rights situation in Qatar is also found among the French: 71% of them consider that it does not match
not in line with FIFA values and 70% say they concerned, just like 71% of football fans. In the same vein, 62% of French people and 57% of
football fans consider that Qatar is not not legitimate to host the first World Cup in the Middle East.

This distrust of the local human rights situation could even weigh on interest in this event: 53% of French people say they are
ready to boycott this World Cup by not watching the matches and 39% would even like the France team to boycott the competition.

2022 World Cup: Qatar frowned upon

2022 World Cup: Qatar frowned upon

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The opinions are much more reserved among football fans : 62% do not intend to boycott the competition by not watching the matches and 66% do not want the Blues to ignore this World Cup.

4. World Cup every two years: 71% of French people opposed

As FIFA reflects on the possibility of hosting the World Cup every two years, our poll depicts a very critical national opinion of this project, like the many negative feedbacks noted in the world of football. . Attached to the World Cup continuing to take place every four years, 71% of French people say they are opposed to the FIFA project. The share of opponents to the project is slightly lower among football fans (66%).

World Cup every two years: 71% of French people opposed

World Cup every two years: 71% of French people opposed

Credit: Odoxa for Keneo and RTL

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