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Londoners' Attitudes to the 2012 Olympics

Published:28 July 2010
Fieldwork:15 - 19 July 2010
Source:Ipsos MORI / BBC London
Keywords:Culture, Leisure, London, London 2012 Olympics, Olympics, Sport
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Between 15 - 19 July 2010, Ipsos MORI contacted 1,002 people, aged above 17 and living in London, and asked identical questions to an Ipsos MORI survey carried out in November 2006. The results of the survey were released to coincide with the two-year countdown to the Games.

Of those asked 73% said they were in support of London hosting the sporting event compared with 69% four years ago.

The figures also showed the number of people who thought the government and London's mayor were doing a good job of preparing for 2012 had risen from 45% to 65%.

And while almost half of Londoners (45%) said the 2012 Olympics did not represent good value for money three quarters said spending should not be cut. 

As the Games is expected to bring up to a million people into the city, concerns were raised about the transport network's ability to take the strain.

Of those questioned 55% said they did not think the city's transport infrastructure would cope very well with the extra passengers.

And as people from around the world descend on the city around one in 12 Londoners (8%) said they were planning to leave London to avoid the Olympics - which could amount to around half a million people.

Technical Note

Between 15th and 19th July, 2010, Ipsos MORI interviewed 1,002 adults aged 18+ living in London by telephone.
The results of a previous 2006 Ipsos MORI survey on this subject, conducted by the same methodology, are given where there are identical questions.
Data are weighted to match the profile of the London adult population.
Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to multiple responses, computer rounding the decimal points up or down or to the exclusion of don’t know, refused or not stated responses.
Results are percentages based on all 1,002 respondents unless stated otherwise.
An asterisk (*) represents a value of less than one half or one percent, but above zero.

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