Most residents of the province are in favor of Vancouver being a host city for the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup (soccer).
Vancouver, BC [July 5, 2022] – Public support for a new opportunity to host the Winter Olympics has improved in British Columbia, according to a new Research Co poll.
In the online poll of a representative provincial sample, 54% of British Columbians think Vancouver should bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2030, up 11 points from a similar poll by Research Co. produced in October 2021.
Support for bidding for the 2030 Winter Games is highest among British Columbians aged 18-34 (61%). The proportions are lower among those aged 35 to 54 (56%) and among those aged 55 and over (48%).
On a regional basis, public support for the 2030 bid is highest in the Fraser Valley (58%), followed by northern British Columbia (57%), Greater Vancouver (56%), southern British Columbia (52%) and Vancouver Island (46%). ).
Vancouver hosted the XXI Olympic Winter Games from February 12 to February 28, 2010. A bid for the Olympic Winter Games in 2030 is being considered by four Host First Nations—Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Lilwat —and the municipal governments of Vancouver and Whistler.
Nearly one in four British Columbians (23%) say they are more likely to support the 2030 bid because of the Indigenous partnership, while 44% say it has no effect on their views and 18% are less likely to support the project.
“Nearly a third of British Columbians aged 18 to 34 (32%) are more likely to support the 2030 Winter Olympics bid because of the Indigenous partnership,” said Mario Canseco, president of Research Co. Conversely, just over one in four British Columbians aged 55 and over (26%) are less likely to support the offer for this reason.
A large majority of British Columbians (58%, +5) believe it is impossible for Vancouver to host the 2030 Winter Olympics without any public or government funding.
Just under half of British Columbians (48%, +10) think Vancouver should launch a bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2036, a proportion that jumps to 58% among residents aged 18-34 year.
British Columbians’ opinion of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not seen significant changes since 2021. Almost half (47%, -1) have a positive opinion of the IOC, while more than one third (33%, -3) have negative opinions.
Vancouver has been selected as one of 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup (Soccer). More than half of British Columbians (55%) agree with the decision, including 58% of 35 to 54 years old.
Methodology: The findings are based on an online survey conducted June 24-26, 2022 among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data was statistically weighted according to Canadian census counts for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error, which measures sample variability, is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Find our data tables here and download the press release here.
For more information about this survey, please contact:
Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.778.929.0490 [e] [email protected]