Poll: Support for 2016 Olympics softens slightly

February 7, 2009 1:56:04 PM PST
A new poll finds two-thirds of Chicagoans support bringing the 2016 Olympics to town, but many have concerns about the cost.A Chicago Tribune survey found 64 percent of those questioned favored Chicago hosting the games. Twenty-eight percent said they were opposed, and 8 percent had no opinion.

An overwhelming 75 percent of those surveyed said they would disapprove of using tax dollars to cover Olympic costs. More than half, 54 percent, said they don't believe Mayor Daley's pledge that private money will cover expenses.

The poll results come as Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo submit their plans to the International Olympic Committee. Local support is among the items considered when the IOC makes its pick.