Poll Suggests 58 Per Cent Support Toronto 2024 Olympic Bid

Team Canada marches in Pan Am Dome Parade of Nations (GamesBids Photo)

Team Canada marches in Pan Am Dome Parade of Nations at Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (GamesBids Photo)

A new poll suggests that fifty-eight per cent in Toronto support a 2024 Olympic bid, while only thirty-eight per cent oppose the plan.  In the same poll conducted by Mainstreet Technologies, eighty-six per cent said that they thought the Pan Am Games hosted in the city last month had been successful.

The poll that was conducted with interactive voice response technology involving 2400 residents on Tuesday has a margin of error of +/- 1.99 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

There was less support for the bid in the downtown area where only 47 per cent were behind the project.

Though Toronto has yet to submit a bid to host the Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President Marcel Aubut said he would be strongly supportive of such a bid that would be due in to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by September 15.  Toronto Mayor John Tory is generally supportive of the idea but will not make a final decision until after the Parapan Am Games set to begin in the city Thursday, and running until August 15.

On Tuesday at an IOC meeting, President Thomas Bach said he had “great interest” in Toronto’s discussions about bidding for the Games.

The bid would also need to receive backing from city council and provincial and federal governments but those can be worked out once the process has begun.

Boston’s bid for the 2024 Games was canceled last month after weathering months of poor public support that struggled to pass 40 per cent before the Mayor refused to commit tax dollars to the project.

A poll released in Hungary Wednesday showed 49 per cent support Budapest’s bid for the Games.  Rome, Paris and Hamburg are also bidding for the Games, and Baku in Azerbaijan is considering a bid.

The IOC will elect the host city September 2017.

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