Los Angeles - A telephone poll finding 88 percent of Angelenos support Los Angeles
hosting the 2024 Olympics shows the Games are "in LA's DNA," Mayor Eric
Garcetti said on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted in January and February by the Centre for the
Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, used a
demographically representative sample of 2 425 responders and had a
margin of error of plus-or-minus three percent.
Of those who said they supported a 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles, 56
percent were "strongly supportive," while 32 percent were "somewhat
Among those opposed, traffic congestion and cost were cited as reasons.
Los Angeles is chasing a third Olympics after successfully hosting
the Games in 1932 and 1984. No US city has hosted the Olympics since the
Atlanta Games in 1996.
Last week, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and Budapest filed their formal
candidacy papers with the International Olympic Committee, which will
vote on the 2024 host city on September 13, 2017 in Lima.
Casey Wasserman, chairman of the LA 2024 bid committee, pounced on
the poll results, calling them a "strong indication" that Los Angeles
residents "have confidence in our fiscally responsible, sustainable and
innovative plan for the Games."
The poll was the first major independent survey gauging local Olympic
support, after internal polls conducted by those organizing the effort
found some 81 percent favored hosting the Games.
Local opposition can scupper a bid.
Hamburg's efforts ended in December after a referendum in which the German city voted 51.6 percent against staging the Games.
Los Angeles itself stepped in to put forward a bid after the US
Olympic Committee's original 2024 candidate, Boston, pulled out in the
face of public opposition.