Pan Am Games have caused no disruptions: two thirds

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Pan Am Games have caused no disruptions: two thirds

One quarter attended events, close to half follow on TV

TORONTO JULY 16th - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 825 Toronto adults, just more than one third say the Pan Am Games have caused disruptions in their daily lives (38%), and among this group, just one fifth say the disruptions were very serious (21%, or about 8% of total Toronto adults). Incidence of disruption is especially high among the youngest (57%), in the former city of York (52% - caution: small sample size) and among Torontonians with an Asian background (55% - caution: small sample size). Thinking the disruptions serious is common to mid age groups, males and those in Etobicoke.

One quarter attended or will attend, close to half follow on TV

Just more than a quarter of Toronto adults say have attended or will attend a Pan Am Games event (27%), and this is especially characteristic of the early mid aged (35 to 44 - 32%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 33%) and in the downtown (32%). New Democrats, both federal (33%) or provincial (31%) are more likely to attend than Conservatives (19%) or Progressive Conservatives (19%).

Close to half have followed the Pan Am Games on TV (46%), and this is especially the case among the oldest, the less wealthy and most places in the city except North York.

One-in-thirty three Torontonians is volunteering at the games (3%).

3-in-10 want HOV lanes to stay

Three-in-ten Toronto adults want to see the temporary HOV lanes continue after the Pan Am Games are over, and this is especially true among Gen X (35 to 44 - 40%), higher income groups ($60K to $80K - 37%), in the downtown (35%) and among federal New Democrats (38%). Close to 6-in-10 disagree with maintaining the HOV lanes (57%) and about one sixth have no opinion (14%).

“It’s a Canadian thing. Everyone grumbled about the Pan Am Games and the traffic disruptions until they didn’t anymore. Now everyone is involved and enjoying themselves. This was also the pattern with the Vancouver Olympics. What everyone assumed was going to be washout turned into a great show enjoyed by all," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.