Do Utahns support hosting the 2034 Winter Olympics? – Desert News

A whopping 79% of Utahns support the state hosting the 2034 Winter Games, according to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

Nearly half of adults surveyed, 48%, expressed strong support for hosting another Olympic Games in Utah in 2034, while 31% said they were somewhat supportive. In total, only 14% were somewhat or strongly opposed. Another 7% said they didn’t know how they felt.

The results come as International Olympic Committee leaders are expected to decide Wednesday whether to advance Utah’s bid to a final vote by the full IOC membership in July. Salt Lake City was named the IOC’s favorite host for the 2034 Winter Games late last year.

“I’m very pleased,” said Fraser Bullock, president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, which is behind the bid, calling public support “the foundation for hosting the Games. Whether it’s bidding or actually hosting, it’s the audience that makes that possible.”

The poll was conducted by HarrisX for the Deseret News and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics from June 4 to 7, 2024 among 889 Utah adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Previous Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics polls in 2022 and 2023 also indicated similar levels of public support for another Olympic Games in Utah at an unspecified date, and the IOC measured support at 80% in both Salt Lake City as well as the state as a whole. and 75% nationally, last September.

Jason Perry, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Utahns aren’t changing their minds when it comes to the Olympics.

“Utahs consistently and enthusiastically support the Olympic Games, with our polls showing deep pride in hosting the 2002 Games,” said Perry. “The vast majority of residents are eager to see the Olympic Games return, reflecting strong, continued enthusiasm for this global event in our state.”

Bullock cited several reasons for the continued support, starting with the 2002 Winter Games which were “so successful, with so many great memories.” He also said the Olympics are seen as “a wonderful thing in a divided world”, using sport “to try to unite the world as much as possible”.

Utahns see the Olympics as an opportunity to welcome the world to their state, Bullock said.

“Utah does that exceptionally well. The poll reflects that eagerness to rule the world again in 2034,” he said, adding that he is not surprised. “I have a big smile on my face knowing that the people of Utah love the Games.”

There is also confidence in how the privately funded event will be organized, suggested Bullock, who served as chief operating officer for the 2002 Games. On Monday, the bid committee released a budget of $2.83 billion for hosting in 2034, about the same amount spent in 2002 when adjusted for inflation.

“We have a good business model that is not dependent on state or local taxpayer funding,” Bullock said. Instead, we raise money largely from the sale of sponsorships, broadcast rights and tickets, just like in 2002. “We just don’t even want to bring the debate to the table and be self-sufficient.”

The budget is just part of plans for another Olympics being reviewed by the IOC’s Future Host Commission, which praised Utah during a visit in April. The commission’s findings have been submitted to the IOC board, which meets in Switzerland from Wednesday to Friday.

There doesn’t seem to be much doubt that Utah, as well as the IOC’s preferred host for the 2030 Winter Games, France’s bid in the French Alps, will both get the green light for what would be a ratification vote in Paris just before the Start. of the 2024 Summer Games.

The date for the vote has already been set, July 24, celebrated as Pioneer Day in Utah, and a number of Utah officials, including Governor Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, are expected to be in Paris.

Robert Livingstone of wrote on Monday that given the time already spent vetting the preferred choices “and no other rival bids in sight, it is almost certain that projects from the French Alps before 2030 and Salt Lake City, Utah for 2034 will be posted. ahead for the all-member elections in July.”

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