Almost half of Britons are either disappointed or sad after England was not chosen to host the 2018 Football World Cup, and a sizeable majority state that the process to select the host country was unfair, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 2,011 British adults, 46 per cent of respondents say they are either “sad” or “dissatisfied” that Russia has been selected as the host of the 2018 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup instead of England. Among respondents who describe themselves as football fans who truly enjoy watching the game, the proportion increases to 74 per cent.

Seven-in-ten Britons (71%) believe that the selection process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was “definitely” or “probably” rigged, while only eight per cent disagree with this view.

Almost nine-in-ten football fans (87%) believe the selection process was “definitely”(50%) or “probably” (37%) rigged.

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Methodology: From December 7 to December 9, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,011 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2% for the entire sample. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.