The majority of British Columbians agree with the province’s decision not to support a bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, according to a new poll.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents to the Research Co. poll said they “strongly agreed” or “moderately agreed” with the government, Metro Vancouver residents and residents dropping out of the bid. people aged 55 or older expressing the most decision support.
Pollster Mario Canseco noted that there was majority support among voters for all three major political parties in British Columbia.
“British Columbians of all political stripes believe that now is not the best time to consider hosting the Winter Games again,” Canseco said in a press release.
The survey did not ask respondents for their reasons. Previous polls have found that support for hosting the 2030 Olympics has fluctuated over the past few years, from 60% in January 2020 to 43% in October 2021 to 54% in June 2022.
The bid was developed by four First Nations communities – the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh – and would have marked the first Indigenous-led bid in Olympic history.
Chief Jen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation called the government’s decision not to support their efforts “very discouraging.”
“We felt we weren’t respected enough to be part of this decision with the province,” Thomas said on the day of the province’s announcement last month. (LINK)
Research Co. said the idea of another bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympics was “controversial,” with 42% of British Columbians in favor and 45% against.
However, a growing number of people appear to support the decision to host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Vancouver, with 63% now in favor and only 24% opposed. The rest of the respondents said they weren’t sure.
The Research Co. survey was conducted online Nov. 6-8 among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region, and includes a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. , 19 times out of 20.