PETALING JAYA: Though Brazil have yet to impress at World Cup 2014, many Malaysians believe that the home nation will lift the trophy for the sixth time.
According to a survey conducted by independent French market research company Ipsos, 45% of Malaysians see Brazil winning the tournament.
The survey was conducted via telephone interviews with Ipsos calling 1000 respondents between the ages of 16 and 64 from various parts of Malaysia.
When the interviews were conducted in May, 19% of Malaysians believed that Spain would win the tournament. However, La Furia Roja have since been booted out of the tournament.
Germany got the backing of 12% of Malaysians.
“While support for other nations is strong this year, especially among young Malaysians, it is generally felt that Brazil has the best chance of lifting the trophy thanks to their home ground advantage,” said the Executive Director of Ipsos Malaysia Katherine Davis.
The survey also revealed that one in two Malaysians planed to watch all of the World Cup matches live, with 55% Malaysians saying they would try to organise their activities in advance around matches.
The Ipsos Global Advisor poll was conducted between May 6 and May 20 and was based on answers from 19,032 respondents from 26 countries including Argentina, Australia, France, India, Indonesia and Sweden.
Out of the total number of people polled, 39% felt that Brazil, led by veteran coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, would bury the demons of 1950 and win the World Cup.
The hosts have since qualified for the quarter-finals despite being made to sweat in their Round of 16 match against Chile.
Brazil will face Colombia in the quarter-finals on Saturday at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.