By Sam Horn
The Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia this year and it isn’t sitting well with most Americans. Americans have cited terrorism and security risks as the main concerns for the upcoming games. 44 percent say it is a bad decision for the Olympics to be held in Russia, while only 32 percent say it is a good decision.
As a result, only 18 percent say they will watch a lot of the Olympics. On the contrary, 19 percent say they will not watch any of the Olympics. The vast majority of people who support the Olympics Games being held in Russia are people ages 18-29. 49 percent say they are in favor of having the Games being held in Russia, while 25 percent are opposed. People 50 years and older hold an opinion that’s quite opposite of their younger counterparts.
55 percent of adults 50 years and older say hosting the Olympics in Russia is a bad idea. Only one-in-four (24 percent) say it is a good decision to hold the Olympics in Russia. Russians should not be discouraged by these statistics however.
In 2008, when the Summer Olympics were held in China, the public was “evenly divided about whether it was a good idea to hold the Summer Olympics in China,” according to the Pew Research Center. It was reported by the Pew Research Center that 41 percent said they were pleased with the Olympics being held in China, while 43 percent said they were unhappy with the location. However, as the Games began to progress, the public’s view dramatically changed. 52 percent said they were in favor of the Olympics being held in China, whereas only 31 percent said it was still a bad idea.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are fast approaching and one can only wonder if the public will favor the Games being held in Russia as time goes on.
To view a pie chart of the public skepticism concerning the Russia Olympics, click here.