Published Friday, 29 June 2012
The Republic of Ireland team applaud crowds who welcomed them in Gdynia, Poland. (© PA)
Of the more than 700 people quizzed for a YouGov poll before Euro 2012 kicked off, just 13% said they'd be backing England and 25% were cheering on the Republic.
But 12% were staying strictly neutral, 44% weren't tuning in at all, and the remaining handful were pinning their hopes on Spain or Germany.
"The majority of Northern Irish adults have tuned in to this year's tournament - suggesting that a passion for football takes precedence over local pride," YouGov's Adam McDonnell said.
Northern Ireland didn't make it past the qualifying stages, finishing fifth out of the six teams in their group.
The Republic made it to the finals, but scored just one goal and were beaten 3-1 by Croatia, 2-0 by Italy and 4-0 by Spain to be sent home disappointed.
England battled their way to the quarter-finals, but lost out 4-2 to Italy in a penalty shoot-out.