Recent Poll Indicates that Most Americans Believe that the World Soccer Cup Games Improve Multicultural Understanding

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Seventy percent of American readers polled by DiversityCentral.com believe that the World Soccer Cup helps improve multicultural understanding. Various examples are offered here.

Seventy percent of American readers polled by DiversityCentral.com believe that the World Soccer Cup helps improve multicultural understanding. These Americans said that multicultural understanding is a possible offshoot of the World Soccer Cup now being played in Germany and that they could improve their multicultural understanding by following the World Soccer Cup like the rest of the world.

Kyla Meyers and Carlos Gil write in a short article published today in DiversityCentral.com that the readers polled in June 2006 differed in degree regarding how much improvement was possible. Forty percent of respondents indicated the Cup “absolutely could help” multicultural understanding, while 30 percent thought that it “possibly could help.”

A "world series," like the World Soccer Cup, is really a global event offering many multicultural possibilities, Meyers and Gil wrote. In the World Soccer Cup, for example, the U.S. team plays other national teams and the team itself may be strengthened by players from other countries. The African teams that qualified for the 2006 World Cup enjoyed coaches from European countries. It was also noticeable that the French and English teams included leading soccer athletes of African descent.

One of the most telling examples reported of multiculturalism at work during the 2006 competition was the willingness and ability of the German and English fans attending the playoffs in Germany to reach out to each other instead of offending each other as has happened before. Many people feared that English hooligans would stain the world cup by hurling insults at the Germans based on events from World War II, which no English living hooligan experienced directly. Instead fans from both countries, accompanied by others, celebrated together, and enjoyed the games and the revelry that accompanies this very special quadrennial event.

Sixteen percent saw the World Soccer Cup as having no multicultural influence on Americans and only one respondent chose to boo the World Cup altogether. Nine percent of readers did not know either way, and 3 percent did not know what the World Soccer Cup is.

Published monthly in DiversityCentral.com, the Quick Poll was conducted during the month of June 2006 when most of the playoffs took place in the World Soccer Cup. One hundred and eighty three people took part in the poll. The GilDeane Group Inc., a minority-owned firm, publishes DiversityCentral.com.

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