85 percent support Olympics

Updated: July 11, 2004, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's victory at the European soccer championship last week has united Greeks and they are now confident the Olympic Games will be a success, according to a nationwide poll published Sunday.

The survey, published in the daily Eleftherotypia, found that 85 percent of Greeks are supportive of hosting the Aug. 13-29 games, with 18.4 percent of them admitting that in the beginning they did not support the idea.

No margin of error was given in the Opinion S.A. poll conducted from June 30 to July 2. It involved phone interviews with 1,500 people over the age of 18.

The poll also found that, despite delays in the construction of some Olympic venues, 82 percent believe that the games will be a success.

But the survey also revealed that 57.1 percent of Greeks don't know when the games start while 91.2 percent said they still haven't bought a ticket.

A month before the start of the games, about half the 5.3 million tickets remain unsold.


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