Even Split on Whether to Bid on Expo 2025

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Even Split on Whether to Bid on Expo 2025

Few approve of a publicly funded bid

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 882 Toronto voters, almost exactly equal proportions support (42%) or oppose (43%) the idea of Toronto making a bid to host Expo 2025. One in six have no opinion (16%).

Support for the idea is greatest among the younger mid aged (35 to 44 - 54%), the least wealthy (50%), among those with children (49%) and among those who commute to work or school by bicycle (48%).

In comparison, when asked last year if Toronto should bid on the 2024 Olympics, 6-in-10 supported the idea (July, 2015- 61%).

Two thirds disapprove of a publicly funded bid

When Toronto voters are asked, however, just fewer than one quarter (22%) support using public funds to bid on Expo 2025 (22%) and 6-in-10 oppose the idea (63%). One sixth has no opinion (15%). In comparison, when we asked this question last year of the 2024 Olympics, just more than a third supported the idea (36%), while more than a half opposed the idea (53%).

“It appears the idea of Expo 2025 doesn’t have the cachet of the 2024 Olympics, about which Torontonians are more excited, even when publicly funded. It is clear, though, however enthusiastic the city is about these international shindigs, they don’t think they should be funded out of the public purse” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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