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COMRES/ ITV NEWS POLL: 

BRITISH PUBLIC SHOWS PESSIMISM TOWARDS LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS

The latest Index poll results, conducted by ComRes and to be broadcast on ITV News at Ten tonight, reveal that that a large majority of the public do not feel positive about the London Olympics, with more than half of the population (54%) disagreeing that they are excited about the event to be held in the Capital this summer. 

Nation-wide, 67% disagree that the London 2012 Olympics will benefit the lives of people in their area, with 55% stating that the event will only benefit London and the people living in London.

The full poll results are below:

Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about the London 2012 Olympics? (%)

•         54% disagree that they are excited about the Olympics (56% in July 2011). However, 1 in 3 (32%) are likely to be excited, down from 35% in July 2011.

•         67% disagree that the London 2012 Olympics will benefit the lives of people in their area (71% in July 2011).

•         52% disagree that the ticketing system for the London 2012 Olympics was fair, a decrease of 8 percentage points from July 2011.

I am excited about the London 2012 Olympics

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      35      32

Disagree:      56      54

Don't know:              9      14

The London 2012 Olympics will benefit the lives of people in my area

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:       13      14

Disagree:       71      67

Don't know:              16      20

I feel that the Olympics will only benefit London and people living in London

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      61      55

Disagree:      25      25

Don't know:              14      19

The ticketing system for the London 2012 Olympics was fair

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      13      14

Disagree:      60      52

Don't know:              27      34

The ticketing system has made me feel more negative about the London 2012 Olympics

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      44      43

Disagree:      24      26

Don't know:              33      31

The London 2012 Olympics is not worth the public money spent on it

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      48      49

Disagree:      32      31

Don't know:              21      21

I would be disappointed if the British Olympic Team didn't perform better than they did in Beijing

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      52      49

Disagree:      25      27

Don't know:              23      24

I think that British expectations will negatively affect athletes in the British Olympic Team

24/07/2011 08/01/2012

Agree:      23      22

Disagree:      42      42

Don't know:              35      36

Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? 

Although 62% of people are planning to watch at least some of the Olympics on TV, they are unlikely to foresee any benefits coming from the event. 

People disagree that the Olympics will benefit the taxpayer more than it costs and that the whole country will see benefits from the Olympic Games (53% and 54% respectively). 

However, they are more likely to agree than to disagree that the Olympics are great for the UK in such difficult economic times.

I plan to watch at least some of the Olympics on TV  

Agree: 62

Disagree: 25

Don't know: 12

The Olympics are great for the UK in such difficult economic times  

Agree: 44

Disagree: 34

Don't know: 22

The economic benefit of the Olympic Games will outweigh the cost  

Agree 30

Disagree 44

Don't know 26

The Olympics will benefit the taxpayer more than it costs  

Agree 20

Disagree 53

Don't know 27

The Olympics will make people healthier by improving the number who participate in sport  

Agree: 34

Disagree: 42

Don't know: 24

The whole country will see benefits from the Olympic Games  

Agree: 25

Disagree: 54

Don't know: 21

I doubt the London 2012 Olympics will be ready on time  

Agree: 18

Disagree: 56

Don't know: 26

Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2048 GB adults online between 6th and 8th January 2012.  Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults.  ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.  Full data tables available at www.comres.co.uk.