Pan Am Fever by Michael Muraz is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence.
Majority opposes publicly funded olympics
Split opinion on closing of King Street for TIFF
2nd - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum
Poll™ among 892 Toronto voters, the majority, just over half, oppose hosting the
Olympic Games in Toronto using public funds (53%), while just more than a third
support the idea (36%). One tenth don’t venture an opinion (11%). Opposition to
spending public funds on the Games is common to mid ($40K to $60K - 60%) and
higher income groups ($80K to $100K - 60%), in Scarborough (55%), among Doug
Ford mayoral voters (63%), Torontonians with a background in the British Isles
(57%) and provincial PC voters (58%).
One half support closing King Street, just fewer don’t
One half of Toronto voters support closing several downtown
blocks of King Street to traffic for 4 days during the Toronto International
Film Festival (49%), while 4-in-10 do not support the idea (40%). One tenth
don’t have an opinion (11%). Opposition is highest among younger respondents
(35 to 44 - 45%), females (44%) rather than males (35%), the less wealthy ($20K
to $40K - 48%), Etobicoke (45%) and York (46%), Doug Ford voters (49%) and PC
voters provincially (45%).
Pan Am Games were successful - three quarters
Three quarters of Toronto voters found the Pan Am Games
successful (74%), including 4-in-10 who describe them as “very successful"
(39%). Just one fifth say they were not successful (19%) and fewer than a tenth
don’t know (7%). Finding the games very successful is common to the oldest
(47%), mid income groups ($4K to $60K - 46%), in Scarborough (44%) and among
provincial Liberal voters (46%).
City leaders’ approvals are steady
Mayor John Tory has the approval of three quarters of
Torontonians (72%), very close to last month’s result (74%). Chief Mark
Saunders has the approval of just less than half (45%), and this hasn’t changed
(46% last month). Councillor Rob Ford has the approval of just one third (32%)
and this result, too, is similar to last month (34%).
majority approved of bidding for the Olympics in our last poll, it is apparent
that this enthusiasm did not extend to having the government pay for them. In
Boston, when the population was polled, the same result was seen - everyone
wanted the Olympics but none wanted to pay for them," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and
founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416)