POPPY APPEAL: More than 30% of young Britons say they WON’T mark war dead campaign

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Around 10 per cent of people say they are still undecided.

Each year an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper flowers around the nation to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

The Poppy Appeal raises around £43million each year for service personnel, veterans and their families. 

But many in Britain are failing to support the charity’s campaign.

Young people’s main objection is that they feel bullied into supporting the appeal.

Others have chosen not to wear the poppy as they believe the Remembrance symbol glorifies war, others because they oppose current military action by UK armed forces.

The Poppy Appeal has been the subject of controversy in recent years with a debate raging around wearing white poppies to symbolise pacifism, and criticism of politicians and TV personalities for not wearing poppies.

The study, carried out by Consumer Intelligence, found one in 12 people have suffered hostility from others for wearing poppies. Around one in 20 parents say they would not encourage children to wear poppies in case they are targeted.

A third of young people don't plan o wearing a poppy this yearGETTY

A third of young people don’t plan o wearing a poppy this year

Despite this, a third of the public say they plan to donate more to the appeal this year.

Around three out of four adults say that their workplace or college marks the two-minute silence to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.

Ian Hughes, Chief Executive of Consumer Intelligence said: “The Poppy Appeal commands widespread support and raises huge sums but not everyone agrees with it or backs it.

The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance for those who died in warGETTY

The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance for those who died in war

“It is interesting however that tolerance of those who oppose poppies is so high with most people accepting it is a matter of personal choice.”

The popularity of the white poppy has been increasing over the last few years. It is meant to symbolise peace and pacifism. 

The Royal British Legion says it has “no objection” to the white poppy and sees “no conflict” in wearing it alongside the red poppy. 

A spokesman added: “The red poppy is a universal symbol of remembrance and hope, including hope for a positive future and peaceful world.”

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The Poppy Appeal raises for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families

Yesterday it was announced that England will wear poppies during their match again Germany. 

But fans were outraged after it was revealed the FA will have to request permission to do so.

Last month it was announced teams would be allowed to wear the floral tribute provided their opponents and the competition organiser agreed to it.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also request to have them on their shirts.

The FA said it was just a formality to request to wear the poppies.

The Royal British Legion said the emblem “had no political, religious or commercial meaning”.

1,066 adults aged 18-plus were polled in an online survey