More than three-quarters of Canadians believe the Vancouver Winter Games will be over budget, according to a new Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll.
In a survey conducted last month, 84 per cent of those polled indicated the Games will finish in the red, while just three per cent felt they would be under budget and six per cent believed they’ll break even.
The skepticism was strongest in B.C., where 90 per cent indicated the Olympics will be a money-loser. Harris-Decima senior vice-president Doug Anderson says memories of the huge cost overruns at the Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976 are probably to blame, despite the fact the 1988 Calgary Winter Games made a profit.
The poll also showed Canadians see winning the gold medal in men’s hockey is more important than Canada topping the overall medal rankings.