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Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Aug. 7-11, 2008. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"When the modern Olympics were founded more than a century ago, the stated goal of the Olympic movement was to contribute to building a peaceful and better world through sports. How successful would you say the Olympics have been in achieving this goal . . . ?"

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Very/
Somewhat
Successful
Not Too/
Not At All
Successful
Unsure
  % % %    
8/7-11/08 74 22 4
4/16-18/04 76 23 1

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"How interested are you in following the Summer Olympics in China this year?"
2004: "...in Greece this year?"

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Very
Interested
Somewhat
Interested
Not Too
Interested
Not at All
Interested
  % % % %  
8/7-11/08 26 41 14 19
4/16-18/04 21 44 21 14

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Asked of those who said they are very or somewhat interested:
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Which sport will you follow most closely in this year's summer Olympic games . . . ?"

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  8/7-11/08 4/16-18/04      
  % %      
Gymnastics 30 30
Swimming 22 15
Track and field 17 24
Basketball 11 10
Boxing 6 6
Volleyball 2 2
Some other sport 9 10
None (vol.) 2 1
Unsure 1 2

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"Do you think the International Olympic Committee made the right decision or made a mistake in holding the Olympics in China?"

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Right
Decision
Mistake Unsure
  % % %    
8/7-11/08 55 34 11

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"Do you think the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by Olympic athletes is a major problem, a minor problem, or no problem at all?"

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Major
Problem
Minor
Problem
No Problem
At All
Unsure
  % % % %  
8/7-11/08 42 44 10 4
4/16-18/04 43 49 6 2

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"Which would you say best describes how you follow the Olympics? Do you mostly root for the USA to win the most medals possible, OR root for the greatest athletic achievements by individual athletes no matter where they're from?"

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USA Individual
Athletes
Unsure
  % % %    
8/7-11/08 51 45 4

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"How much of an impact do you think the quality of the air in Beijing is having on the performance of athletes at the games? . . ."

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A Major
Impact
A Minor
Impact
No Impact
At All
Unsure
  % % % %  
8/7-11/08 39 43 10 8

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 25-27, 2008. Adults nationwide.

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"How much of the Olympics do you intend to watch: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?" N=1,007 adults, MoE 3

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A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Not Much None at All Unsure
  % % % % %

7/25-27/08

16 40 29 14 1

8/9-11/04

14 45 29 12 -

9/11-13/00

17 42 28 12 1

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"What is your favorite Summer Olympic event?" Open-ended. N=1,007 adults, MoE 3.

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  %        

Swimming

27        

Track and field (net)

18        

Gymnastics

12        

Basketball

5        

Diving

4        

Baseball

2        

Other

11        

Any/All

2        

None

14        

Unsure

6        

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"We'd like to know your views on how widespread the use of performance enhancing drugs is in various Olympic sports. Just your best guess, how many Olympic athletes in [see below] use performance enhancing drugs: all, most, some, only a few, or none?" N=626 sports fans, MoE 4

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  All/Most        
  %        

Weightlifting

34        

Track and field

13        

Cycling

13        

Swimming

6        

Gymnastics

6        

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"When you see or hear about an athlete breaking a world record in [see below], are you suspicious or not suspicious that the athlete used performance-enhancing drugs?" N=626 sports fans, MoE 4

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Suspicious Not
Suspicious
Unsure    
  % % %    

Swimming

22 76 2    

Track and field

35 63 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). July 18-21, 2008. N=1,003 registered voters nationwide.

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"Please tell me which ONE of the following is your favorite category of Summer Olympics sports: gymnastics; team sports, such as basketball, baseball, and soccer; swimming and diving; or track and field?" If "All": "Well, if you had to choose just ONE, which would you say is your favorite?" Half sample, MoE 4.4 (Form A)

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Gymnastics Team
Sports
Swimming,
Diving
Track and
Field
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
  % % % % %

7/18-21/08

29 24 18 18 11

 

The Gallup Poll. Aug. 9-11, 2004. N=499 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"What is your favorite Summer Olympic event?"

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    %        
  Track and field (net) 21        
  Swimming 21        
  Gymnastics 17        
  Diving 4        
  Basketball 3        
  Soccer 2        
  Other 9        
  Any/All 2        
  None 13        
  No opinion 8        

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. April 16-18, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"How likely do you think it is that a terrorist attack of some sort will take place at the Olympic Games this summer in Athens . . . ?"

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Very/
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too/
Not At All
Likely
Unsure
  % % %    
4/16-18/04 53 44 3

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"Do you think American athletes are more likely than other Olympic athletes to be targets of a terrorist attack, less likely to be targets of a terrorist attack, or do you think there is no difference in the terrorist threat to American athletes compared to the threat facing athletes from other countries at the Olympics?"

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More
Likely
Less
Likely
No
Difference
Unsure
  % % % %  
4/16-18/04 42 6 51 1

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"As you may know, the Olympics are financed in large part by corporations that pay to have their brand names promoted at the Games. Which comes closer to your view? Corporate sponsorships at the Olympics are mostly a bad thing that needlessly commercialize the event. Corporate sponsorships at the Olympics are mostly a good thing that provide a source of needed funding."

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A Bad
Thing
A Good
Thing
Unsure
  % % %    
4/16-18/04 20 78 2

 

The Gallup Poll. Feb. 4-6, 2002. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"What is your favorite Winter Olympic event?"
    %        
  Figure skating 32        
  Downhill skiing 23        
  Bobsled 8        
  Hockey 7        
  Luge 3        
  Ski jumping 3        
  Snowboarding 2        
  Speed skating 1        
  Biathlon 1        
  Other 6        
  All 1        
  None 10        
  No opinion 3        

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Sept. 7-10, 2000. N=1,000 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.2.

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"If you had the chance to get a free ticket to one event at this summer's Olympic games, which of the following events would you choose to attend: gymnastics; team sports, such as basketball and soccer; track and field; swimming and diving; or cycling?"
    %        
  Gymnastics 35        
  Team sports 22        
  Track and field 20        
  Swimming and diving 12        
  Cycling 2        
  Other (vol.) 2        
  None (vol.) 6        
  Not sure 1        

 

The Gallup Poll. Feb. 26-28, 1999. N=1,013 adults nationwide.

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"In general, how interested are you in the Olympic Games: very interested, interested, not very interested, or not at all interested?"
    %        
  Very interested 25        
  Interested 40        
  Not very interested 23        
  Not at all interested 12        
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"Do you think the Olympic Games do more good than harm to international good will, or more harm than good?"
    1999 1952 1948    
    % % %    
  More good than harm 88 83 77    
  More harm than good 6 3 7    
  Don't affect good will (vol.) 1 7 8    
  No opinion 5 7 8    
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"Which would you prefer for future Summer Olympic Games: a permanent site to be established in Greece, or that the Olympic Games continue to move from country to country?"
    1999 1988 1984    
    % % %    
  Permanent site in Greece 13 11 37    
  Country to country 83 82 54    
  No opinion 4 7 9    
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"Which would you prefer for future Winter Olympic Games: a permanent site in one location, or that the Winter Olympic Games continue to move from country to country?"
    %        
  Permanent site in one location 13        
  Country to country 84        
  No opinion 3        
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"In your opinion, should [rotate:] the Olympics return to its original role as a competition for amateur athletes OR all Olympic sports be opened to professional athletes?"
    %        
  Amateur athletes 66        
  Opened to professionals 30        
  No opinion 4        
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"How closely have you been following the controversy over the selection of Salt Lake City as the site for the year 2002 Winter Olympic Games: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"
    1999        
    %        
  Very closely 5        
  Somewhat closely 30        
  Not too closely 34        
  Not at all 31        
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"As a result of the controversy, has your respect for the Olympics declined a lot, declined a fair amount, declined only a little, or not declined at all?"
    1999        
    %        
  Declined a lot 8        
  Declined a fair amount 13        
  Declined only a little 32        
  Not declined at all 43        
  No opinion 4        
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"Would you favor or oppose placing the International Olympic Committee under the oversight of a group such as the United Nations?"
    %        
  Favor 46        
  Oppose 45        
  No opinion 9        
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"Should the International Olympic Committee and local Olympic organizing and bid committees be required to open their financial records to government and public scrutiny, or not?"
    %        
  Yes, should 75        
  No, should not 21        
  No opinion 4        

 


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