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Published:Monday | June 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Poll: White, rich fill WC stadiums


A poll published yesterday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and rich. That's particularly striking in Brazil, with its highly mixed population that has more blacks than any country with the exception of Nigeria. About 47 per cent of Brazilians classified themselves as white in the 2010 census.

A Datafolha polling group survey published in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper showed that at Saturday's Brazil versus Chile match, 67 per cent of attendees classified themselves as white and 90 per cent came from Brazil's top two economic classes, which represent about 15 per cent of the country's population. Similar trends have been seen at other Cup matches, though no polls were carried out previously. The Datafolha poll was based on interviews with 693 fans at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte and had a statistical margin of error of four percentage points.