AP-Ipsos Summer Olympics poll results

Updated: April 26, 2004, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

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 year?

--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 polled.

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.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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