Britons are more nostalgic for empire than any other of the former imperial powers with one third believing the colonies were better off, according to ‘alarming’ new survey
- YouGov poll showed 27 percent of Britons would like Britain to have an empire
- It also found a third of people in the UK believe Britain’s colonies were ‘better off’
- Global data on empire attitudes was collected from June to December last year
- Other countries including France, Italy, Spain and Germany were also surveyed
Britons are more nostalgic for an empire than any other former imperial power, according to a new survey.
The polling, from YouGov, showed 27 percent of people in the UK would like Britain to still have an empire, 50 percent would not and 23 percent don’t know.
It also found a third of Britons believe countries colonised by Britain were ‘better off’.
A world map showing the British empire in 1902. Britons are more nostalgic for an empire than any other former imperial power, according to a new YouGov survey
Cover of the Standard of Empire Annual for 1912-1913, showing Britannia in a chariot drawn by a lion. The poll found a third of Britons believe countries colonised by Britain were ‘better off’
With regards to the British Empire, 32 percent consider it ‘more something to be proud of’, 37 percent as ‘neither something to be proud or ashamed of’, 19 percent as ‘more something to be ashamed of’ and 12 percent ‘don’t know’.
The global data on empire attitudes was collected between 10 June and 17 December last year.
The countries surveyed include Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Japan.
People in the Netherlands were the second most likely out of the former imperial powers to want their country to still have an empire, with Belgium the third most likely and Japan the least.
In the UK alone, the poll sampled 1684 adults, 556 of which voted Conservative in 2017 and 520 who voted for Labour.
Conservative voters were almost twice as likely to be nostalgic for an empire than Labour supporters, while Leave voters were over twice as likely than Remain voters.
Union Jack flags pictured in Parliament square. In the UK alone, the poll sampled 1684 adults, 556 of which voted Conservative in 2017 and 520 who voted for Labour (file photo)
According to The Guardian, Oku Ekpenyon, founder of Memorial 2007, a campaign for a slavery memorial to be built in London, described the results as ‘alarming’.
He said: ‘What is in these people’s minds when they say better off?
‘There is nostalgia for empire. Britain still sees itself as a major force.
‘It’s alarming that 33 percent think the colonised countries were better off.’
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