AP-Ipsos Summer Olympics poll results


The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on the Summer Olympics is based
on telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly selected adults from
all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted
April 16-18 by Ipsos-Public Affairs.

1. 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?

--Very likely, 11 percent (7)
--Somewhat likely, 42 percent (45)
--Not too likely, 30 (26)
--Not at all likely, 14 (20)
--Not sure, 3 (2)

2. 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?

--More likely, 42 percent (39)
--Less likely, 6 percent (5)
--No difference, 51 percent (55)
--Not sure, 1 (percent) 1

3. 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?

--Very successful, 27 percent
--Somewhat successful, 49 percent
--Not too successful, 15 percent
--Not at all successful, 8 percent
--Not sure, 1 percent

4. How interested are you in the Summer Olympics in Greece this

--Very interested, 21 percent
--Somewhat interested, 44 percent
--Not very interested, 21 percent
--Not at all interested, 14 percent

5. Which sport will you follow most closely in this year's
summer Olympic games? (This question asked only of those who said in Question 4 that they are very or somewhat interested in the Summer Olympics.)

--Gymnastics, 30 percent
--Track and field, 24 percent
--Swimming, 15 percent
--Basketball, 10 percent
--Boxing, 6 percent
--Volleyball, 2 percent
--Some other sport, 10 percent
--Will not follow games, 1 percent
--Not sure, 2 percent

6. When you think about the Summer Olympics, are you generally
more interested in following men's events or women's events? (If both equally, ask:) If you had to choose one or the other, would you say you generally are more interested in following ...?

Total men's events, 50 percent
--Men's events, 33 percent
--Both, but lean toward men's events, 18 percent

Total women's events, 41 percent
--Women's events, 28 percent
--Both, but lean toward women's events, 13 percent

Both equally/do not lean, 4 percent
Neither, 4 percent

7. 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?

--Major problem, 43 percent
--Minor problem, 49 percent
--No problem at all, 6 percent
--Not sure, 2 percent

8. 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, 20 percent

--Corporate sponsorships at the Olympics are mostly a good thing
that provide a source of needed funding, 78 percent

--Not sure, 2 percent

Poll Note: The results were weighted to represent the population by
demographic factors such as age, sex, religion and education.

No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the
sample cause the results to vary by more than 3 percentage points
from the answers that would be obtained if all Americans were

This margin of sampling error is slightly larger for responses
of subgroups, such as registered voters. There are other sources of
potential error in polls, including the wording and order of
questions. Early February results from top two security questions
in parentheses.