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ANGELENOS BACK HOSTING 2028 OLYMPICS, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT SURVEY FINDS
LOS ANGELES, August 1, 2017 – Public support for hosting the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles is overwhelming, and nearly as strong as it was for the 2024 Games, according to a survey by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. The survey, conducted July 13-18, found 83 percent of respondents in Los Angeles County said they want L.A. to host the Olympics in 2028. In an LMU survey conducted last year, 88 percent backed the city’s effort to land the 2024 contest. The International Olympic Committee recently decided to name host cities for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at its upcoming meeting in September. Los Angeles officials recently announced an agreement that would let Paris host first, leaving L.A. to host in 2028. “The support among Angelenos for hosting the Summer Olympics remains strong, whether it’s in 2024 or 2028,” said Brianne Gilbert, associate director of the Center. “The vast majority want the Games in L.A.” Local public opinion has consistently favored hosting the Olympics. An IOC poll earlier this year, whose methodology was not disclosed, found 78 percent of respondents in Los Angeles supported the city’s original 2024 bid. The LMU survey reached 600 respondents by phone and online. It found 54 percent “strongly support” the 2028 Olympics, 29 percent “somewhat” supported, 9 percent “somewhat” opposed and 8 percent “strongly” opposed. Among those who backed the bid, the most frequently cited reason was for a perceived economic boost to the region. The survey found no major differences among demographic categories—that is, support for the 2028 Olympics was similar across the board. Additionally, 70 percent of respondents said they’d attend an Olympic event in person if Los Angeles hosted in 2028. But on the other end of the spectrum, 21 percent indicated they would leave town during the Games. The survey was funded by the LA24 Committee, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Loyola Marymount University.