Earlier this spring, polling giant Ipsos ran a poll across 28 different countries around the globe to find out what the average person knows and thinks of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Over 20,000 people participated in the Ipsos Eurovision poll. The pollers didn’t only ask for people’s favourite Eurovision songs, but also surveyed their awareness and interest in the contest.
Ipsos surveyed 11 countries that participate in Eurovision — Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden — and Hungary, which previously participated in the contest. They also polled the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, Malaysia, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina and Japan.
Eurovision Song Contest awareness
Ipsos started their survey by asking respondents the extent to which they were aware that the Eurovision Song Contest existed. Unsurprisingly, European respondents were more aware than the rest of the world.
Ipsos found that Russians and Poles are most aware of the contest, with 99% of the respondents of those countries being aware of Eurovision’s existence. From the surveyed countries, Sweden showed the most interest in watching the contest, with 86% of Swedes having watched the show at least once. Shockingly, 26% of Italy‘s respondents claimed to have never heard of Eurovision — even though the country started participating in the contest at its inception in 1956.
Outside of Europe, the Chinese and Saudi respondents claimed to have watched or heard of Eurovision the most. Surprisingly, although the contest has been promoted in the United States in recent years, with Netflix acquiring the rights to the contest, only 20% of Americans know of the show’s existence, with only 6% claiming to have ever watched it. Only Japan shows a lower number, as only 4% said they’d watched it.
Excitement for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020: The Netherlands was ready
The Ipsos pollers also asked for the respondents to assess their enthusiasm to watch Eurovision 2020 on May 16. (Note that this survey was run before the cancellation of the contest in March). Respondents from host country the Netherlands clearly showed the most enthusiasm to watch it, as 24% of their respondents answered that they will very likely watch the contest.
France and Great Britain, on the other hand, showed less excitement for the annual television programme. Almost half of each of their set of respondents answered that it was extremely unlikely they were going to watch Eurovision 2020. Only 6% of French respondents said that they were “very likely” to watch it.
Emotions about your country’s entry winning Eurovision 2020
The respondents were asked how they would feel if their country were to win Eurovision 2020. The Italians were the most supportive about their entry, with 31% answering they would feel delighted. As the survey was taken between 20 February and 3 March, a few weeks after Diodato won Sanremo 2020 with “Fai rumore”, it seems that the Italian respondents would have felt delighted if he had been able to take the crystal microphone back home.
Next to Italy, Poles and the Russians seemed to be most enthusiastic about their own entries. 71% of the Polish respondents said they would feel positive, while 62% of Russians would feel positive.
Germany, Great Britain, France and Sweden would feel the most indifferent of the Eurovision participating countries.
Most popular Eurovision winning songs
Ipsos did not only ask respondents about their awareness and engagement with the contest, but also about which songs they prefer. The polling giant set up a basic list of popular Eurovision winning songs and songs that have done well in the contest recently.
From their list, ABBA‘s 1974 winning song “Waterloo” topped the poll in ten out of eleven countries as the most popular winning song. The exception was Russia, where Alexander Rybak‘s “Fairytale” was considered the best winner. Loreen‘s 2012 smash hit “Euphoria” was among the top 3 in nearly every single country, finishing second overall.
A Eurovision winner did not come out on top in every single country. In Russia, Sergey Lazarev‘s Eurovision 2019 entry “Scream” received more votes than Rybak. In Italy, Dominico Modugno‘s “Nel blu dipinto di blu” came out on top with 43% of the respondents putting it in their top 3.
Mahmood‘s “Soldi” was the second most-loved Eurovision song in Italy. Among six out of eleven countries, the Eurovision 2019 runner-up was more popular than that contest’s winner, Duncan Laurence‘s “Arcade”.
Are you surprised by the results of Ipsos’ Eurovision poll? If your country was not surveyed, how do you think the results would have looked? Let us know in the comments down below!