Almost three-in-10 fans would prefer Prince Ali as FIFA President
February 22, 2016
If fans were given a vote in this week’s FIFA Presidential election, Prince Ali of Jordan would be the winner according to a global fans’ poll conducted by #NewFIFANow earlier this month.
More than 16,500 respondents voted for the man they would most like to see win on Friday, with Prince Ali attracting 28.6% of the popular vote followed by Jerome Champagne with 24.6% and Gianni Infantino with 20.8%.
Tokyo Sexwale with 5.3%, who has made little impact publicly on the election campaign, outpolled the least favourite choice of fans, Shaikh Salman who attracted 4.9% of voters.
But when it comes to who fans believe will actually win, it’s a different story.
Prince Ali is still favoured to win with 32.8% but is strongly pushed by Infantino with 30.5% and Shaikh Salman with 24.6%.
Despite being second favourite with fans, Champagne is given little actual hope of winning with only 8.8% believing he can do it. Sexwale is favoured by only 2.2%.
The poll also showed the level of disenfranchisement between fans and the FIFA process.
More than two-in-five fans said they would either abstain (35%) or vote informal (5.6%) rather than vote for any candidate.
Almost two-thirds (65.6%) of respondents said that FIFA’s credibility is “as low as it can be”, while almost a further quarter (23.3%) did not give it a ‘pass’ rating in terms of credibility.
Despite media speculation that the vote may not proceed due to an intervention from government authorities, two-thirds of fans believe the vote will go ahead, while 13.3% say it will not, and almost 18.6% are undecided on this point.
More than half (54.1%) of the respondents were from UEFA member countries, with a further 19.3% from Asian Football Confederation member countries.
The FIFA election is due to be contested on Friday at the FIFA Special Congress meeting in Zurich, after a package of reforms has been voted-on by the Congress members.
A presentation on the poll results is available here.