Doha’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games received “overwhelming” support in a recent opinion poll conducted by the independent international polling company Ipsos. The poll shows that 86 per cent of respondents expressed their support for Doha’s 2016 bid.
According to Doha 2016, 95 per cent said they were aware that Qatar was bidding to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and more than 80 per cent of them also said they had an interest in sport and the Olympic Games in general.
More than 1,000 people were interviewed for the poll which took place in November. They included men and women ages 18 and up. The survey covered Qatari citizens as well as proportionate numbers of expatriates working in Qatar.
Most the of respondents said they believed that bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Qatar would benefit the country as a whole, and more than 75 per cent said they thought the Games would bring more tourists to Qatar. Almost 60 per cent thought more jobs and more international exposure for Qatar would result from hosting the Games.
Also, more than 50 per cent of respondents said they would attend some or all of the Games if they were hosted in Doha and 55 per cent said they would be happy to volunteer for the Games.
Hassan Ali Bin Ali, Chairman of Doha 2016 said, “I am thrilled and touched by these huge levels of support for the Doha 2016 bid”.
He said, “this level of awareness and support for our bid is evidence of the Qatari population’s desire to welcome the Olympic world to an Arab country for the first time and to showcase our country’s progress”, adding “Doha 2016 could really be an Olympic and Paralympic Games that change the world. And, as our bid message says, that would indeed be a reason to ‘celebrate change’”.