Majority supports olympic bid

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Majority supports olympic bid

Bid support won’t hurt councillors

TORONTO JULY 27th - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 755 Toronto voters, the clear majority, about 6-in-10, would support a bid to hold the 2024 Olympic Games (61%). Three-in-ten would oppose this bid (30%) and one tenth don’t form an opinion (9%).

Support for an Olympic Bid is common to the youngest (under 35 - 73%) and least common to the oldest (65+ - 43%). Provincial PC voters are less likely to support a bid (46%) than are Liberals (62%) or New Democrats (58%).

Twice as many will vote for a councillor who supports bid as won’t

More than one half of voters will cast a ballot for a councillor who supports an Olympic bid (52%), while half this proportion say they will not (26%). Incidence of withholding one’s vote is highest among older citizens (55 to 64 - 38%, 65+ - 32%). Of the 3-in-10 (30%) Torontonians who oppose the bid, more than three quarters will not vote for a councillor who supports one (68%).

There’s a warm halo emanating from the Pan Am Games right now, and it would appear citizens no longer fear the potential congestion and cost of an Olympics. The young remember Vancouver as being a big party, so they aren’t afraid of the impact, either. It’s the oldest citizens who are the least reluctant to embrace the idea,"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.