Support for Boston’s Olympic Bid Slips in Poll

Nearly 50 percent of voters oppose hosting the games

Jun 11, 2015
Outside Magazine
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Boston beat Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles for an Olympic bid in January.    Rene Schwietzke/Flickr

According to a new poll, 49 percent of voters oppose Boston hosting the 2024 Olympics and only 39 percent support it, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Support decreased 7.6 percent since the last poll, which was taken in April. The new poll, by WBUR, a National Public Radio station in Boston, shows that supporters’ attempts to gain traction have not succeeded.
One possibility for the slip is a report from private group Boston 2024, which is responsible for organizing the bid. The report found that hosting the Olympics would require hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding. The group had previously said the bid would use private funding. Steve Koczela, president of the group responsible for the poll, told the New York Times that the realization “focused people on their worst fears about the Olympics—the expense, the promises, and that they didn’t know everything that’s going on.”
“Time is passing, support is still slipping, and Massachusetts is ten points under water,” Koczela told the New York Times. “This matters, as the USOC and Boston 2024 decide how to spend the next few months.”
The U.S. Olympic Committee has until September 2015 to nominate a city to host the games.

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