By SAWAAKI HIKITA/ Correspondent
July 14, 2021 at 15:55 JST
A prominent Olympic rings monument in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A slight majority of respondents in 28 countries oppose the Tokyo Olympics proceeding amid the COVID-19 pandemic, well below the opposition from those surveyed in Japan, according to a Paris-based market research firm.
Fifty-seven percent in the countries, including France and the United States, disagreed with holding the Games, while 43 percent agreed, Ipsos reported in the poll released July 13.
In South Korea, 86 percent said they should not be held, while in Japan, 78 percent were opposed.
In Canada, those opposed totaled 68 percent while in the United States, the figure was 48 percent.
Ipsos conducted the online survey from May 21 through June 4 in 28 countries over the staging of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The survey was taken more than a month before the Games’ organizers decided to ban spectators at almost all the competition venues amid the announcement over a fourth COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo.
A total of 19,510 people in 28 countries responded.
Concerning interest in the Tokyo Olympics, on average across the 28 countries, respondents were about equally divided.
Twenty-nine percent said they were “not at all interested” while 25 percent said they were “not very interested.”
On the other hand, 30 percent said they were “somewhat interested” and 16 percent said they were “very interested.”
In China, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, 57 percent said they were either “very interested” or “somewhat interested.”
Meanwhile, in France, which will host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, 68 percent said they were either “not very interested” or “not at all interested.”
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