Eighty per cent support hosting 2010 Winter Olympic Games 

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"I think without the full set of information about what it really means to host the Games the polling results are irrelevant," he said.

"Certainly if we were to conduct our own poll… and we asked the question, ‘would you be in favour of the Olympic Games if it meant cutbacks to services and evictions in low income neighbourhoods,’ what would the answer be then?

"These are questions being asked in a vacuum without the effects that often happen with the Games, if they are not planned properly, being available."

Johal believes public support is between 60 and 70 per cent.

He also questioned the Bid Corporation’s decision not to release results from all three months of polling.

"I think if they have the information they should present all of it to the public," said Johal.

"Their openness and transparency is going to be very important as this process goes on."

Corea said over the three months of polling residents of B.C. were surveyed separately and as part of a national poll.

In March 800 residents of B.C. were polled as part of an omnibus survey and asked: "As you may or may not know Vancouver has launched an effort to host the Winter Olympics in 2010. There will be a range of venues from the Greater Vancouver area up to Whistler. Do you support or oppose Vancouver hosting the 2010 Olympics?"

Eighty-two per cent of respondents said they supported hosting the Games. The poll is reliable within 3.5 per cent 19 times out of 20.

Across Canada support was at 88 per cent within 3.2 per cent 19 times out of 20. One thousand people were polled.

Corea would say the poll results for support across Canada "were stable" over the three months. The figures for B.C. "went up and down."

"We think this is very good at this point," said Corea.

"But we still have to continue to communicate the benefits of bidding and to hear concerns and topics from all residents as we do our presentations."

The bid organizers have held more than 500 presentations in the last year and a half, reaching 18,000 people.

Corea said people want information on more than just the events. They want to know what their communities will get out of having the Games and what the economic benefits or pitfalls might be.

"What you see in Whistler is regular concrete information now coming forth because now is the time when people are listening," said Corea, adding that the information is only available in the detail released thanks to the over 300 people who have taken part in work groups to put it together.

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