POSTED: June 9th 2011

Annecy 2018 boosted by French support poll results

The city of Annecy and the lake in the heart of the mountains / Annecy 2018
The city of Annecy and the lake in the heart of the mountains / Annecy 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/ANNECY, June 9: With just 27 days left in the 2018 bid campaign for the winter Olympics and Paralympics the Annecy bid counts its highest ever national support. The IFOP market research firm was commissioned by Annecy to conduct the poll.

It was carried out last month between May 19-31 via telephone, and the bid received solid figures showing its backing for the Games: 91 % nationally, 88 % regionally and 67 % locally.

Even more interest was shown by young people with 15 to 24 year olds counting 96 % nationally, 89 % regionally and 78 % locally.

President Charles Beigbeder, said, "The support of the French public is driving us on in this bid and we are grateful for their efforts every day of the campaign.  This latest poll reflects the high-levels of public support as does our large and active Facebook community which has over 135,000 members.

"It is clear there is a strong belief in our vision of authentic Games in the heart of the mountains, with the athletes and for the future.  This has been embodied by our 600 official athlete supporters including football World Cup winner, Zinedine Zidane, Olympic Champion Marie-Jose Perec and basketball star Tony Parker.

"These figures have given a huge boost to everyone working tirelessly on the bid.  In the next few weeks we will all be doing everything we can to convince the IOC that Annecy 2018 would be the best possible partners for the Olympic movement to benefit Winter sports not just in one city, country or continent but all over the world.

"We fully believe we can be victorious in Durban and are sure the French public will be urging us on every step of the way."

It was carried out nationally contacting 962 people, representative of the French population, aged 15 and over; regionally 709 people, representative of the population of the Rhône-Alpes region, aged 15 and over; and locally 704 people, representative of the population of the Savoie and Haute Savoie territorial departments, aged 15 and over.

Annecy is contending against Munich and PyeongChang and the final vote will take place July 6th in Durban, South Africa at the IOC session.

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · opinion poll · IFOP · Olympic bidding

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