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People's opinion on their country hypothetically still having an empire in 2019

When asked whether people in select countries would like for their country to still have an empire, the majority of respondents said that they would be against it. More than one quarter of respondents in Britain and the Netherlands said that they would like for their country to still have an empire, and the Netherlands was the only country where fewer than half of respondents were against the idea. The countries with the largest difference between the share of respondents who were for and against the idea were from Germany, Italy and Japan, who formed the Tripartite Pact that set the Second World War in motion; this suggests that there may be some correlation between the country's actions in the Second World War and public sentiment towards colonialism today.

Share of respondents who would like it if their country still had an empire in 2019

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Source

Release date

March 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

June 10, 2019 to December 17, 2019

Supplementary notes

* 1871-1918 German empire.

The original question was: Would you like [COUNTRY] to still have an empire?

Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

Sample sizes were as follows:
Netherlands - 1,002
United Kingdom - 1,684
France - 1,003
Belgium - 1,004
Italy - 1,027
Japan - 1,023
Spain - 1,016
Germany - 2,172

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