POSTED: May 11th 2013

Rio 2016 survey indicates widespread Brazilian support

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games received the results of its poll surveyed in the second half of 2012. With cooperation from Ipsos Public Affairs, a representative sample of the Brazilian population from the country’s five regions was surveyed as to the levels of public knowledge and involvement with the Games.

“The survey’s results translate Brazilians’ feelings and the locals’ engagement is crucial for celebrating excellent Games,” Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman said.

The Games received enormous support with 57% of interviewees favourable to the Games and only 7% unfavourable. Public support for the Games was also high in the survey, with 43% of interviewees favourable and 10% willing to promote the event. Only 38% were neutral and 4% skeptical.

Sixty-three percent of interviewees said they were proud, while lower rates for worried (29%), indifferent (28%), and upset (9%) spell good news for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.

Interviewees also indicated the Games should help develop youth’s interest in all sports, tourism will grow and athletes will take advantage of better conditions for training.        

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