Acceptance of white poppy as a symbol of remembrance in Great Britain 2018, by age

This statistic displays the results of a survey of British adults in 2018 which asked them if they thought wearing a white poppy, rather than a red one was acceptable, by age group. Although both red and white poppies are symbols of Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom, red poppies are seen to be more traditonal, while white poppies have a stronger association with pacifism. Of respondents, those aged between 18-24 were most likely to accept the white poppy as a symbol of rememberance with 42 percent agreeing that it was acceptable. By contrast, 56 percent of those aged 65 or over thought that wearing a white poppy was unacceptable.

Do you think that is it or is not acceptable to wear a white poppies (a symbol of pacifism) instead of the red poppy traditionally worn to symbolize Remembrance?*

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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

November 5, 2018

Number of respondents

2,137 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

GB Adults*

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Results weighted to be representative of the GB population.

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